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Social Studies Education/Geography, BSEd

A professor teaches a geography class

Mapping out your future takes a lot of planning. As a social studies education major pursuing the Geography track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find the landscape for learning in your major has two distinct areas that combine to give you the perfect environment for your college education. Education is a very rewarding career path to follow. As a teacher, you’ll help your students to better understand their world.

One area of your education will be studying the field of geography, while the other area will be developing the skills you’ll need to be a teacher.

Your classes will cover a range of geography topics, as well as history and politics, to give you a strong foundation in social studies. Among the classes you can choose from are Population Geography, Fresh-Water Resources, Geography of American Indians, Geography of the Soviet Sphere, Geography of Pennsylvania, and Urban Geography.

You’ll also take classes in the field of education. Indiana University of Pennsylvania has earned a reputation for outstanding teacher preparation and offers an extensive student teaching program.

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a Social Studies major/Geography track leads to teaching certification (in citizenship) for Pennsylvania junior and senior high schools. New education requirements for Pennsylvania specify that geography be taught at all levels in the schools.

For more information, see the undergraduate catalog.

Requirement Checklist (PDF)

College Requirements:

  • COMM 103 — Digital Instructional Technology
  • EDSP 102 — Educational Psychology
  • EDEX 301 — Education of Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 242 — Pre-student Teaching I
  • EDUC 342 — Pre-student Teaching II
  • EDUC 441 — Student Teaching
  • EDUC 442 — School Law
  • EDUC 455 — Teaching of Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Social Studies Requirements:

  • HIST 201 — Western Civilization Before 1600
  • HIST 202 — Western Civilization Since 1600
  • HIST 204 — United States History to 1877
  • HIST 205 — United States History Since 1877
  • PLSC 111 — American Politics
  • One of the following:
    • PLSC 280 — Comparative Government I
    • PLSC 285 — Comparative Government II

Departmental Requirements:

  • Cartography I
  • Cultural Geography
  • At least two courses from each of the following groups:
    • Environmental Geography
      • Climatology
      • Physiography
      • Fresh Water Resources
      • Biogeography
      • Conservation
    • Human Geography
      • Economic Geography
      • Population Geography
      • Urban Geography
      • Trade and Transportation I
      • Political Geography
      • Geography of Energy
      • Social Geography
      • Historical Geography
      • Geography of American Indians
    • Regional Geography
      • Geography of Pennsylvania
      • Geography of Latin America
      • Geography of Europe
      • Geography of Soviet Sphere
      • Geography of Africa
      • Geography of East Asia
      • Geography of South and Southeast Asia
  • Geography and Regional Planning Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 9
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2250
  • Fax: 724-357-6479
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.