Bachelor of Arts in Education in Social Studies: Secondary Major

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With a Secondary Major for Bachelor of Arts in Education in Social Studies, you will receive the endorsement to teach social studies and history for grades 5-12 in the state of Washington. You’ll study economics, anthropology, geography, world history, U.S. history and the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Curriculum & Requirements

Social Studies Secondary Major, Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)

Social Studies Distribution Lists

Grade Requirements: a grade ≥B- is required for each required course in the Social Studies Education major.

This major satisfies the endorsement for grades 5–12.

Secondary Education students must complete the required Secondary Education Core and the following courses.

Required Social Studies/Secondary Courses
Foundational Courses
ECON 100GENERAL EDUCATION ECONOMICS5
POLI 100INTRODUCTION TO US POLITICS5
Students should take the following foundational courses in this sequence
HIST 102WORLD HISTORY TO 15005
HIST 103WORLD HISTORY FROM 15005
HIST 111AMERICAN HISTORY TO 18775
HIST 112AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 18775
GEOS 200GLOBALIZATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT5
GEOS 230WORLD GEOGRAPHY5
Foundational Methods Course
SOST 390SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT 4
Upper Division History Courses–students need to complete HIST 102, HIST 103, HIST 111 and HIST 112 prior to taking the following courses
HIST 444HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST5
HIST 487/ECON 412ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES5
or ECON 317 POLITICAL ECONOMY
or ECON 324 ECONOMICS OF POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION
Choose one course from each of the following Social Studies Distribution Lists25
Check the Social Studies Distribution Lists and with your advisor for acceptable courses in each of the required areas.
American History
Asian History
Civics and Diplomatic Studies–HIST 477 is the preferred course for this requirement
European History
Latin American History
Senior Capstone
SOST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION 5
Total Credits84

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.

Degree Works calculates based on these two catalog years.

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Social Studies Secondary from EWU should be able to do the following:​
*Based on Washington State Social Studies Education “Learning Standards” and the Department of History Learning Outcomes.

Program Learning Outcome (Civics)–the student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation’s fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.

SLOs–understands to the level of being able to teach:

  • key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents
  • the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems
  • the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy understands civic involvement

Program Learning Outcome (Economics)–The student applies understanding of economic concepts and systems to analyze decision-making and the interactions between individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies.

SLOs–understands to the level of being able to teach:

  • that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices
  • how economic systems function
  • the government’s role in the economy
  • understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face

Program Learning Outcome (Geography)–The student uses a spatial perspective to make reasoned decisions by applying the concepts of location, region, and movement and demonstrating knowledge of how geographic features and human cultures impact environment.

SLOs–understands to the level of being able to teach:

  • the physical characteristics, cultural characteristics, and location of places, regions, and spatial patterns on the Earth’s surface
  • human interaction with the environment
  • the geographic context of global issues

Program Learning Outcome (History and Social Studies Skills, Part I)–Conduct research by using appropriate historical methods.

SLOs–understands to the level of being able to teach:

  • evaluating other scholars’ historical arguments
  • using various kinds of historical sources
  • assessing sources for their research value
  • adducing evidence to support a scholarly argument
  • following discipline-approved citation practices

Program Learning Outcome (History and Social Studies Skills, Part II)–Communicate historical analyses to diverse audiences

SLOs–understands to the level of being able to teach:

  • conveying factually-based historical narrative from multiple perspectives
  • developing well-balanced scholarly judgements about the past
  • communicating historical analyses in clear expository pose

Program Learning Outcome (History and Social Studies Skills, Part III)–Use historical knowledge in civic engagement.

SLOs–understands to the level of being able to teach:

  • contributing to public dialogues by providing historical information
  • advancing historical positions that incorporate diverse perspectives
  • working effectively as part of a team on a civically-oriented project
  • deliberating public issues