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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies - Social Studies Education Concentration (BA)

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Program Educational Goals

The Africana Studies - Social Studies Education Concentration (BA) program is part of a nationally accredited program that leads to certification to teach middle school and high school social studies.  The Africana Studies - Social Studies Education Concentration (BA) aligns to professional standards established by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Students who complete Africana Studies - Social Studies Education Concentration (BA) will be able to:

  1. Disciplinary Knowledge and Practices: Interpret and make use of disciplinary methodology/approach that offer corrective educational guidance regarding systemic issues and that includes various aspects of bettering Black communities.
  2. Social Studies Content Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of disciplinary concepts, skills, tools, and habits of mind of the social studies, including history, civics, economics, geography, and the social/behavioral sciences.
  3. Planning Learning Sequences: Plan learning sequences that demonstrate social studies content knowledge which are aligned with national and state social studies content standards.
  4. Assessment Practices: Design and implement authentic assessments that measure learners’ mastery of social studies disciplinary skills and knowledge.
  5. Instruction: Design and implement learning experiences that engage learners in disciplinary inquiry, skills, and knowledge of the social studies.
  6. Civic Engagement: Engage learners to ask questions, investigate answers using disciplinary tools and content, communicate conclusions, and take informed action toward achieving a more inclusive and equitable society.
  7. Habit of Mind: Use theory, research, and reflective practice to inform their planning and instruction.

University Requirements:

College Requirements:

College Breadth Requirements:

The College Breadth requirements are in addition to the University Breadth requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements. Minimum grade C- required for courses used to satisfy College Breadth.

*If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.


The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Complete one of the following four options (minimum grade D-):

Option One:

Option Two:

One of the following:

Option Three:

Successful completion of any 200-level or higher mathematics course except: MATH 201 , MATH 202 , MATH 205 , MATH 251 , MATH 252 , MATH 253 , and MATH 266 .

Option Four:

  • Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences (0 credits awarded).

Second Writing Requirement:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Major Requirements:

Minimum grade of C- required for all courses counted towards the major and concentration. A required AFRA course cannot satisfy both a major core requirement and a concentration elective.

Student Teaching:

To be eligible to student teach, Africana Studies, Social Science Education Concentration students must have a 3.0 GPA in their major and an overall GPA. of 2.75, and must pass a teacher competency test as established by the University Council on Teacher Education (UCTE).


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised for 2019-2020 Academic Year

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