Academic Catalog

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

The program in secondary education prepares students to teach in grades 9-12 and does so through a core of general liberal arts course work, professional education course work, including field-based clinical experiences, a student teaching experience, and intensive course work in a specific area of subject specialization. The secondary education curriculum may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending upon the chosen area of subject specialization.  Areas of subject specialization in secondary education at USC Upstate include biology, chemistry, English, social studies/history, mathematics and Spanish. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic, and/or Natural Sciences:
Select any additional MATH course listed above or:3-4
Foundations of Human Physiology
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
HIST U101Introduction to World History I3
HIST U102Introduction to World History II3
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
VII. General Education Electives
Select any approved general education course or courses0
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U341Introduction to Exceptional Learners/ Special Education3
EDRE U315Foundations of Reading3
EDSC U333Middle Level/Secondary Education Adolescent Development3
EDSC U344Managing the Middle Level/Secondary Classroom Environment3
EDSC U440Field Experience I in Middle Level/Secondary Education2
EDSC U442Secondary School Curriculum and Methodology3
EDSC U443Middle Level/Secondary Educational Assessment2
EDRE U418Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School3
EDSC U447Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Studies3
EDSC U450Field Experience II in Middle Level/Secondary Education2
EDSC U475Student Teaching in Secondary Social Studies12
EDSC U485Middle/Secondary Education: Senior Seminar3
Content Concentration
HIST U105History of the United States to 18773
HIST U106History of the United States from 18653
HIST U300Introduction to Historical Studies3
American History (300-level or above)3
European History (300-level or above)3
Non-Western History (300 level or above) 26
GEOG U103Introduction to Geography3
or GEOG U121 Principles of Regional Geography
Select one of the following:3
Social Change
Social Inequality
Race and Ethnic Relations
Gender and Society
POLI U101American National Government3
HIST U500Senior Seminar3
Total Hours121-123

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.


Must reflect two of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East.

Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.