Social Science


It is the mission of the Social Science program to prepare social studies teachers as future leaders in secondary education. In doing so, the program seeks to foster critical thinking and inquiry skills, and an interdisciplinary understanding of the social sciences. Furthermore, the program prepares future teachers to effectively communicate knowledge and ideas to students in the secondary education environment, and to design effective lesson plans and learning units within the social sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the following skills outcomes of the Social Science program:

  1. Historical Interpretation
    • 200 - Illustrate how historians make interpretations of the past.
    • 300 - Distinguish broad trends in historical interpretations (historiography).
    • 400 - Synthesize multiple historical interpretations.
  2. Scholarly Argument
    • 200 - Identify authors’ arguments.
    • 300 - Distinguish between authors’ main arguments and secondary points.
    • 400 - Evaluate authors’ arguments and evidence.
  3. Scholarly Sources
    • 200 - Learn how to analyze/question a source.
    • 300 - Evaluate sources and contrast diverse and conflicting sources.
    • 400 - Formulate relationships among multiple sources.
  4. Thesis Statement
    • 200 - Develop thesis statement supported by evidence using appropriate standards of evidence.
    • 300 - Create an argument, marshal evidence from multiple sources, and use endnotes, footnotes, and bibliography.
    • 400 - Select problem of study, find appropriate resources, and use endnotes, footnotes, and bibliography.
  5. Social Sciences
    • 200 - Demonstrate the connections among cognate social studies areas.
    • 300 - Integrate perspectives from multiple cognate social studies areas.
    • 400 - Evaluate the applicability of cognate social science areas.
  6. Communication
    • Display clear and cogent written and oral communication.

In addition, students will demonstrate competence in the following outcomes particular to the cognate social science:

  1. Articulate essential knowledge and concepts in the social sciences.
  2. Interpret quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  3. Apply the scientific method to answer well-formulated research questions.
  4. Evaluate the utility of contending analytical perspectives.