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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Studies, B.A.


Mission: The primary mission of the Social Studies major is to provide students with the content competency to teach Social Studies in secondary schools. It forms the content knowledge basis for students to initiate teaching professions and provides the necessary critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and academic judgment skills upon which to embark on a lifetime of intellectual growth.

Hours Required in the Major: 73 - 82 hours of specific courses or thematic areas chosen from history, anthropology, economics, political science and sociology. Some of these courses also can be used to partially fulfill General Education requirements.

Teaching Licensure: A comprehensive program for students seeking teaching licensure in Social Studies is administered through the College of Education and Human Services. Interested students are urged to contact the college for further information.

Admission to the Major: Students register their intentions to pursue an academic major in Social Studies with the Department of History; those interested in teaching must be admitted to the teaching licensure program in the College of Education and Human Services.

After admission to the university, a student obtains a “Declaration of Major” packet from the History Department in RT 1319 that explains the advising procedures and asks the student for a writing sample and answers to a few questions. Once this information has been gathered, the student phones the History Department (687-3920) for an initial advising appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Director will evaluate transfer credits for the major and give the student a copy of the filled out check-sheet. Following this advising session, students will receive a letter with the name of their individual faculty advisor in the department.

Advising: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. José Solá 216-523-7189; Individual faculty advisers; webpage, Students are urged to meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least once every semester.

The Social Studies major will have an academic adviser in the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as assigned by the department. Those seeking a teaching license should have an adviser for education course work in the College of Education and Human Services.

This interdisciplinary major is administered by the Department of History and is primarily intended for students seeking secondary licensure. It provides comprehensive training in history and related social-studies fields taught in Ohio secondary schools. Interested students should also consider pursuing academic major(s) and/or academic minor(s) in history, political science, or economics.

For information: Call Dr. José Solá 216-523-7189, or the History Department, 216-687-3920 or Those interested in licensure should contact the College of Education and Human Services.



A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements.  This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

Major-Field Requirements

The curriculum for the Social Studies major consists of a common core and one area of concentration chosen from three areas. The following courses are required of all Social Studies majors:

Complementary Core:

(Select 1 of the 3 areas below)


Distribution: Additional courses needed to ensure that at least one course is included from Anthropology and Sociology.