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Social Sciences Education, Sociology Concentration (B.S.Ed.)

B.S.Ed., Social Sciences Education, Sociology Concentration

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You'll Do

“People watchers” find academic satisfaction in sociology, studying human behavior and interactions. As a Social Science Education major with a concentration in Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll study both the discipline of sociology and the art of teaching.

The Sociology concentration in your major will give you the opportunity to study how and why people do what they do. Some of the courses you may choose to take include Contemporary Social Problems, Sociology of the Family, Delinquency and Youth, Child Abuse, and Sociology of Gender.

To prepare you for teaching social studies, you will also take courses that cover history, politics, and cultural geography.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has earned a reputation for outstanding teacher preparation. Through your education classes, you’ll study topics such as school law, educational psychology, teaching methods, and the education of students with disabilities. You’ll also take part in IUP’s extensive student teaching program.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a Social Science Education major/Sociology concentration leads to teaching certification for social studies in Pennsylvania secondary schools. Teachers have the capacity to make the world better by inspiring their students. In this rewarding career, you will be able to help young people better understand the world in which they live and the struggles people face in society.

Employment of teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016, although some areas will experience more growth than others. This is expected to create 479,000 additional teacher positions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Special Features

  •  Students with this major may be interested in adding the Asian Studies minor, the Latin American Studies minor, or the Pan-African Studies minor.
  • The international student teaching option offers students the chance to spend a half-semester teaching in another country.
  • All IUP teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Scholarships and a sociology honors program are available.
  • The IUP Department of Sociology hosts the Theta chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society. The AKD Theta Chapter works on various community and social projects and also helps IUP Sociology majors receive financial support to attend the American Sociological Association's meetings and honors program.
  • At the graduate level, IUP’s Department of Sociology offers a master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies.