The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Social Studies Composite (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Arts

 This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

As an integral part of a liberal arts education, history courses introduce students to different historical eras, diverse cultures, famous and ordinary women and men, and a variety of geographical settings. Our courses challenge students to think critically, express themselves clearly, and become informed and responsible citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. Students majoring or minoring in history may become teachers or seek employment in business or government. History is an excellent background for those who wish later to go to law school or enter journalism.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

Students must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements.

040 Language, Philosophy & Culture - 3 hours

HIST 2321World History I

3

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning - 6 hours

HIST 2322World History II

3

Major Requirements - 57 Hours

Required Courses - 15 hours

Social Studies Composite Core
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics

3

HIST 3308History Foundation for Social Studies Educators

3

HIST 3302World Environmental History

3

HIST 3333Texas History

3

HIST 4398History Capstone for Social Studies Educators

3

Prescribed Electives - 42 hours

Certain courses below appear in more than one section of the degree plan. The courses and related semester credit hours can only be applied once to the degree.

United States History: Colonial America to 1776 - 3 hours

Choose from:
HIST 3320Colonial America to 1763

3

MASC 3332/HIST 3332Mexican American History

3

HIST 3336Spanish Borderlands to 1821

3

HIST 4323History of the Old South

3

United States History: Early National Period to 1848 - 3 hours

Choose from: 
HIST 3321The United States, Revolution, and the New Nation, 1763-1815

3

HIST 3322Rise of the American Nation, 1815-1848

3

HIST 3327The American Military Experience

3

HIST 3328History of the American Presidency

3

HIST 4323History of the Old South

3

United States History: Era of Sectional Conflict - 3 hours

Choose from:
HIST 3323Era of Sectional Conflict, 1848-1877

3

HIST 3327The American Military Experience

3

HIST 3328History of the American Presidency

3

HIST 3332/MASC 3332Mexican-American History

3

HIST 3334History of the American West

3

HIST 3338United States-Mexico Borderlands after 1821

3

HIST 4323History of the Old South

3

United States History: 1877 to the Present - 3 hours

Choose from:
HIST 3330The United States as a World Power

3

HIST 3324The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1929

3

HIST 3325Twentieth Century America

3

HIST 3327The American Military Experience

3

HIST 3328History of the American Presidency

3

HIST 3332/MASC 3332Mexican-American History

3

HIST 4324History of the New South since 1877

3

HIST 4325The United States: War, Prosperity, and Depression, 1917-1945

3

HIST 4326The United States since 1945

3

European History - 6 hours

Choose from:
HIST 3340Medieval Europe

3

HIST 3341Early Modern Europe

3

HIST 3342Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1850

3

HIST 3343Europe's Age of Imperialism, 1850-1919

3

HIST 3344Contemporary Europe, 1919 to the Present

3

HIST 3345History of England to 1688

3

HIST 3346History of England after 1688

3

HIST 3347History of Spain

3

HIST 3348Russian History

3

HIST 4339Ancient Greece and Rome

3

HIST 4342The Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1650

3

HIST 4344Absolutism and Enlightenment in Europe, 1650-1789

3

HIST 4391Special Topics in European History

3

Latin American History - 3 hours

Choose from:
HIST 3361Colonial Latin America

3

HIST 3362Modern Latin America

3

HIST 3363Mexico from Pre-Conquest to the Present

3

HIST 4360Mexico's First Century as an Independent Republic

3

HIST 4361Contemporary Mexico

3

HIST 4362History of Mexican Culture

3

FILM 4363/HIST 4363History of Mexican Cinema

3

HIST 4366The Caribbean and Central America

3

HIST 4393Special Topics in Latin American History

3

World/Asian/Middle Eastern History - 3 hours

Choose from:
HIST 3306/ANTH 4305Great Discoveries in Archaeology and History

3

HIST 3307Women in History

3

HIST 4301/ANTH 4307Maritime Archaeology and History

3

HIST 4303Public Health in the Americas

3

HIST 4306History of the Cold War

3

HIST 3370Early Middle East History

3

HIST 3371Modern Middle Eastern History

3

HIST 3372History of East Asia to 1800

3

HIST 3374History of the Ottoman Empire

3

HIST 3375History of Modern Japan

3

HIST 3376History of Modern China

3

HIST 4390Special Topics in World History

3

Additional History Electives - 3 hours

Choose an additional advanced History (HIST) courses except HIST 3301

Geography Component - 6 hours

GEOG 1303World Regional Geography

3

GEOG 3320Cultural Geography for Educators I

3

Political Science Component - 6 hours

Choose from:
POLS 3311Contemporary Texas Politics

3

POLS 3355U.S. Public Policy

3

POLS 4312U.S. Constitutional Law ? Civil Liberties

3

POLS 4341U.S. Political Theory

3

Social Science Component - 3 hours

Choose from:
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

ANTH 2351Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

Teacher Certification - 27 Hours

Area of Certification: Social Studies (7-12)

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

EDUC 4306Implementing and Assessing Effective Secondary Content Pedagogy

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 126

Major Admissions Requirements  

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.  For current admission requirements, application process and timeline visit the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability admissions site

Major Progression Requirements 

Progression requirements required for this program. 

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.  Admission to the Clinical Teaching Program is required for successful completion of the teacher education program. For current clinical teaching program admission, application process and timeline visit the Office of Educator Preparation Accountability clinical teaching site