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Teaching Endorsement

The teaching endorsement in sociology and social studies prepares students to instruct classrooms on the social lives of individuals, groups, culture and major social institutions. This endorsement is for students interested in a teaching career for grades 7-12.

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Core Social Studies Teaching Courses

SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology

Introduction to the field of sociology and its theories, concepts and research methods. Main topics are culture, the family, socialization, deviance, social stratification, race relations, gender, and economic and political globalization. Read more »

SOCY 228 - Contemporary Global Problems

A survey of the positive and negative outcomes of globalization, including increased economic interdependence, growing inequalities in income and wealth, urbanization and migration patterns, population and health issues, religious and ethnic tolerance, and war. Read more »

SOCY 235 - Sociology of Marriages and Families

Study of the family as a basic institution of society with emphasis on its internal structure and dynamics, its functions for the individual and society, and its relationship to other social institutions. Read more »

SOCY 240 - Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequality

Analysis of the interaction of minorities with dominant populations; explanations of how minorities are created and maintained; characteristics of racial, ethnic and gender relations in the United States and other societies. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

The sociology and social studies endorsement also requires the student to take an additional SOCY elective and an additional 15 hours in the broad area of social sciences.

Students should consult the education department for full teaching endorsement requirements.