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In response to changes in federal and state licensure, the University of Southern Indiana no longer offers a Social Science Secondary Education Major. Students choosing to teach social studies in secondary schools need to choose a content area major, and complete the minor in secondary education.

Social Studies subject areas recognized by Indiana include:

  • Economics
  • Geographic Perspectives
  • Government and Citizenship
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

In addition to the major area, students may choose to license in an additional area. A minor in this additional area is recommended.

Minor in Secondary Education
Requirements for Admission

  • A bachelorís degree (in the subject to be taught, for secondary licensure);
  • documentation of proficiency in reading, mathematics, and writing (ACT of 24 or more; SAT verbal and math of 1100 or more; SAT of verbal, math, and writing of 1500 or more; PRAXIS I scores that meet Indiana minimums);
  • GPA of 2.75 (or 2.5 with documentation of five years of professional experience);
  • for secondary Initial Licensure Alternative Route candidates, passing score(s) on content test(s) required for Indiana licensure.

(Program Requirements and Course Information)