Social Studies

‌Social studies education includes the core disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, psychology, and sociology. As a social studies teacher, you’ll play a critical role in helping learners understand themselves, their society, and the global community. In addition to being prepared to teach social studies in grades 5-12, graduates have gone on to become curators in museums, trainers in business, and curriculum developers for educational programs. 

Why Study Social Studies at St. Thomas?

  • Become a moral leader who will lead, work, and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the 5-12 classroom.
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni, and faculty who will inspire and sustain you throughout your career.
  • Learn from expert faculty closely connected with the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom.

What you can earn


Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)


When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms

 License & MA

License: 31+

MA:        34+


For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
TEGR 519   Curriculum & Instruction (5-12): Social Studies
TEGR 546   Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction
TEGR 585   Reading for the 5-12 Teacher
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching
Social Studies Licensure Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)

For the MA (add the following):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research

Full course catalog with descriptions


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Social Studies Co-major Requirements

ENVR 151   Environmental Challenges & Sustainable Solutions Plus one of: (4 credits)  Non-US History Electives
POLS 104   American Government in Comparative Perspective HIST 118   Middle East & North Africa in Global Perspective
PSYC 111   General Psychology HIST 119   East Asian Civilizations in Global Perspective
SOCI 100   Introduction to Sociology HIST 240   Foundations of Chinese Civilization
SOCI 301   General Anthropology HIST 241   The History of Modern China
ECON 251   Principles of Macroeconomics HIST 244   Modern East Asia
  HIST 253   Cities of the Middle East
Plus one of: (4 credits) HIST 348   Japan: History Through Literature
HIST 111   Origins of the Modern World to 1550 HIST 349   History of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922)
HIST 112   The Modern World Since 1550  

Plus one of: (4 credits)

Plus one of : (4 credits)
HIST 113   Early America in Global Perspective GEOG 111   Human Geography
HIST 114   The Modern U.S. in Global Perspective GEOG 113   World Geography

Plus six courses (24 credits):  In one of the social science disciplines (economics, geography, history, political science, psychogy or sociology) Courses subject to departmental approval.



  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our special admission policy.
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Official test score
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at
    • International Applicants:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
    2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.