General Social Sciences: Social Studies Teaching Concentration (SST)

Social Studies Teaching prepares students with the coursework requirements for admission to the graduate teacher licensure program at the University of Oregon—UOTeach. This concentration does not in and of itself lead to a teaching license. Rather, this concentration educates students in the content areas (history, economics, political science, etc.) required to enroll in a graduate program to become licensed to teach Social Studies at the middle or high school level.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Develop strong critical thinking skills.

  2. Create a course of study uniquely tailored to your goals and interests.

  3. Analyze qualitative and quantitative evidence.

  4. Communicate complex ideas effectively.

  5. Assess issues from a variety of perspectives and identify multifaceted solutions.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

UOTeach or other credientialing program

Master's Programs in teaching

Primary, secondary education
Alumni Jobs

K-12 teacher/PE Coach

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Preliminary Core (8 credits)

2nd Year
ECON 201 and ECON 202 (8 credits); Research Methods (4 credits)

3rd Year
HIST Courses (20 credits); PS Courses (8 credits)

4th Year
Specialization Courses (20 credits)

Major Credits
Required   40
Electives 28

Total 68

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and analysis

Data management

Technical and professional writing

Project management

Grant writing

Teaching and tutoring
Experiential learning opportunities

Prison Education Program courses

Internships via Career Center

Study Abroad
Specialized Courses

Introduction to Language and Culture [Anthropology]

Music and the Brain [Psychology]

Geography of the Middle East and North Africa [Geography]

Political Ideologies [Political Science]

World History [History]

Introduction to Economic Analysis [Economics]

Social Science Inquiry and Research [Geography]

Social Inequality [Sociology]
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Political Science


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