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Psychology Career Path: Psychology (B.S.) and Integrated Social Studies (B.S.Ed.) Double Major

Potential Job Titles

  • Teacher

What is Integrated Social Studies?

Regardless of the college of the university from which you graduate, if you wish to be licensed through Ohio University to teach integrated social studies, you must complete the following program and earn passing scores on the Praxis II exams. 

Some students choose to double major in both Psychology and Integrated Social Studies as the subject matter of the two majors complement each other well. The Psychology major provides students with an in-depth understanding of human thought and behavior, and the Integrated Social Studies major prepares students to teach topics in areas such as history, economics, political science, and cultural studies to students in grades 7 through 12.

The Integrated Social Studies program prepares students for a two-year provisional license that qualifies students to teach integrated social studies in grades 7-12 inclusive. The Integrated Social Studies program prepares candidates to teach all areas of social studies in grades 7-12. The program of study includes courses in history, economics, geography, and political science.

The purpose of this double major is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of psychology while preparing students for a two-year provisional license to teach integrated social studies in grades 7-12 inclusive.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

University and College Requirements

In addition to the suggestions for the Integrated Social Studies track, be sure to complete all other university and college requirements, including the foreign language requirement.

The center staff recommend beginning the foreign language requirement in the first year. NOTE: Students may begin with a class higher than 1110 depending on foreign language placement test results. It is possible to place out of the foreign language requirement. Therefore, it is recommended that students take the placement test for any foreign language completed in high school.

Required Courses in Psychology

The following courses are highly recommended for students planning on pursuing a graduate degree in child or developmental psychology:

  • PSY 2720  Personality Psychology (3)
  • PSY 3220  Learning (3)
  • PSY 3310  Human Memory (3)
  • PSY 3440  Psychology of Gender (3)
  • PSY 3520  Social Psychology of Justice (3)
  • PSY 3710  Intro to Clinical & Counseling (3)

Fieldwork and Research in Psychology

Students have the opportunity to obtain course credit for volunteering in a mental health setting or working as a research assistant in a psychology lab. These experiences offer valuable skills that can be used while working in an education setting.

Requirements for Integrated Social Studies

If you are interested in pursing a career in psychology and teaching, be sure to work with an adviser to develop an academic plan that is tailored to your interests. Your plan should lead to the completion of coursework that is required for licensure as an educator. In addition to the requirements for the Psychology major, be sure to complete all other university and college requirements, including the foreign language requirement.

Admission to Teacher Candidacy

All students pursuing teacher education programs at Ohio University are subject to the Selective Admission and Retention Program in teacher education. Criteria and procedures are available in the Office of Student Affairs, Lindley Hall. The following requirements must be met during the first 30 hours of enrollment.

  • Completion of 30 semester hours of credit with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. No education courses may be included in the GPA.
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better in each course:
    • Tier 1 Math course (1M)
    • EDTE 1500 Intro to Teacher Education (3)
    • Tier 1 Freshman Composition course (1E)
    • PSY 1010   General Psychology (3)
  • Satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS CORE Test (156+ in reading, 150+ in math, and 163+ in writing) or on the ACT (Composite 21+) or SAT (990+).
  • Submit results of a background check.
  • Submit results of a tuberculosis skin test.

Screening and recommendation by a representative appointed by faculty

Admission to Advanced Standing in Teacher Candidacy

Admission to Advanced Standing is required before taking any education courses at the 3000-level or higher. Applications for admission should be submitted a semester after the semester at which students will have earned at least 60 credits in the major.

AYA Teacher Candidacy

Complete the following courses with a 2.75 GPA and no grade below a C.

  • EDTE 2000  Learning & Human Devel. (3)*
  • EDTE 2010  Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities (3)*
  • EDTE 2020   Field Experience in Educ. (1)*
  • EDCT 2030   Tech. Applications in Educ. (3)
  • EDCS 3010   Educ. & Cultural Diversity (3)
  • EDSE 3500   Sec. School Planning & Inst. (3)
  • EDSE 3510   Sec. School Managing & Monitoring of Learning (3)
  • EDTE 3730   Instructional Adaptations for Learners with Exceptionalities and Diverse Needs (3)

* Must be taken together as a block

Methods Courses

Complete the following courses with a grade of C or better in each.

  • EDSE 4790  Introduction to Teaching Secondary Social Studies (3)
  • EDSE 4790L  Teaching Sec. Social Studies Field Experience (1)

Professional Internship in Teaching

Complete these courses concurrently. Apply by Dec. 1 of the year prior to teaching. EDPL 4650 must be completed with a C or better.

  • EDPL 3600  Field Experience (1 - 3)
  • EDPL 4630  Prof. Intern. in AYA (6)                             
  • EDPL 4640  Prof. Intern. in AYA 6)                                  
  • EDPL 4650  Prof. Intern. Seminar (3)

AYA Reading Requirement

  • EDTE 4200  Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3)

Social Studies Teaching Requirements

All courses must be completed with an overall 2.75 GPA or higher.

  • HIST 1210  Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1500 (3)                                      
  • HIST 1220  Western Civilization:       Modernity from 1500 (3) 
  • HIST 1320  Intro to World Hist. Before 1750 (3)                                        
  • HIST 1330  Intro to World Hist. Since 1750 (3)         
  • HIST 2000  Surv. of U.S. Hist. Before 1750 (3)                                            
  • HIST 2010  Surv. of U.S. Hist. Since 1750 (3)

Complete one the following courses:

  • GEOG 2400  Environmental Geography (3)
  • GEOL 2150  Environmental Geology (3)

Complete one the following courses:

  • AH 2110  Hist. of Art I (4)
  • AH 2120  Hist. of Art II (4)
  • FILM 2010  Introduction to Film: Hist. of World Cinema (3)
  • FILM 2020  Introduction to Film: Film Analysis (3)

Complete one the following courses:

  • GEOG 1100  Physical Geography (4)
  • GEOL 1010  Introduction to Geology (4)
  • GEOL 1200  The Mobile Earth (3)
  • GEOL 2210  Earth and Life History (3)

Geography - Complete the following:

  • GEOG 1200  Human Geography (3)

Economics - Complete the following:

  • ECON 1030  Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 1040  Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

Political Science - Complete the following:

  • POLS 1010  Politics in the US (3)
  • POLS 1500  Themes in Global Politics (3)
  • POLS 2500  International Relations (3)

Complete 1 of the following:

  • POLS 3540  Different Approaches to American Foreign Policy (3)
  • POLS 4150  The American Presidency (3)
  • POLS 4160  Legislative Process (3)
  • POLS 4600  International Political Economy (3)

Sociology - Complete the following:

  • ANTH 1010  Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • SOC 1000  Intro to Sociology (3)

Choose one of the following areas and complete three of the listed classes:      

Contemporary World    

  • HIST 3231  Lat Amer. Hist.: From Independence to the Present (3)                                                                        
  • HIST 3411  Hist. of Africa Since 1850 (3)
  • HIST 3464  Hist. of China from the Early Modern Era to the Present (3) 
  • HIST 3481  Modern Japan (3)              
  • HIST 3641  Contemporary Europe (3)

Women’s History        

  • HIST 3200  Women in American Hist. Before 1877 (3)                                       
  • HIST 3201  Women in American Hist. Since 1877 (3)                                        
  • HIST 3320  Hist. of Women in Middle East (3)                                                   
  • HIST 3390  Women in African History (3)
  • HIST 3601  Women in Modern European Hist., 1800-present (3)                                                             

History of Latin America   

  • HIST 3230  Latin American Hist.: The Colonial Era (3)                                      
  • HIST 3231  Latin American Hist.: From Independence to Present (3)                                                                      
  • HIST 3232  History of Brazil (3)             
  • HIST 3233  The History of Modern Mexico (3) 
  • HIST 3250  Hist. of U.S.- Latin American Relations (3)                                                 

History of the Middle East                  

  • CLWR 3330  Introduction to Islam (3)
  • HIST 3320  Hist. of Women in Middle East (3)
  • HIST 3330  Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power (4)                                                 
  • HIST 3371  Middle East Hist. 1500 - present (3)                                                                

History of Asia    

  • HIST 3050  U.S. and the Vietnam War (3)
  • HIST 3440  History of Vietnam (3)      
  • HIST 3452  Southeast Asia, 1945 to the Present: The Search for Stability (3)
  • HIST 3464  Hist. of China from Early Modern Era to Present (3)
  • HIST 3481  Modern Japan (3)                    
  • HIST 3868  Fall of the British Empire (3)