Social Studies

Social Studies

Because of the integrated nature of the social studies, Washington College students interested in becoming social studies teachers have a variety of options from which to choose.


Students interested in becoming certified to teach social studies can major in history, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, international studies, or American studies.

Required Courses

 It should be noted that students majoring in economics, political science, psychology, sociology, international studies, and American studies may apply for certification in and do their student teaching in social studies. They must plan their programs carefully in order to fulfill all requirements. Social studies certification requires the following core courses:

  • ECN 111. Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • POL 102. American Government and Politics; 
  • EDU 311. Human Geography (offered Spring even years only); and
  • One course at the 200-level or above in each of the following:

•  Pre-1860 U.S. History,

  • Post-1860 U.S. History,

  •  Early European History,

   • Modern European History, and

   • African American History

  • EDU 216. and 217. Clinical Field Experience (each 1 credit)
  • EDU 251. Principles of Education (Fall, Spring)
  • EDU 252. Educational Psychology (Spring)
  • EDU 307. Literacy in the Content Field (Spring)
  • EDU 330. Diversity and Inclusion (Fall)
  • EDU 401. Principles of Teaching: Secondary (Fall Internship)
  • EDU 403. Special Methods (in the Teaching Area) (Fall Internship)
  • EDU 404. Secondary Teaching Internship (1 credit)
  • EDU 405. Secondary Education Internship (8 credits) (Fall Internship)
  • EDU 401, 403, and 405 make up the “Education Block” taken in the fall semester of the senior year or the fall semester after graduation.

EDU 307. meets Maryland Literacy in the Content Field I and II Secondary Requirements (together with 401 and 404).