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History, geography, linguistics and education aren’t subjects you can just learn about from reading books. You’ve got to experience different cultures and backgrounds to understand where everything came from. The social science secondary teaching program at Fresno Pacific University will equip you to be a teacher with knowledge of history and social sciences as well as the understanding of contemporary teaching approaches. Our program is interdisciplinary in approach, global and multicultural in perspective and informed by a Christian worldview.

Highlights

  • Combination of courses in economics, geography, history, political science, religion and sociology
  • Special attention is given to the importance of both religious and secular ideas throughout history, and how to teach the social sciences from a values-oriented perspective
  • Opportunities for travel abroad

Career opportunities

The FPU social science secondary teaching major is designed for students seeking a career as a junior or senior high school social science teacher. Upon completion of the major, you will be prepared to take the CSET examination in social science. Proficiently meet the instructional goals of the California history-social science framework and provide faithful and wise service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea.

Program director

Darin D. Lenz, Ph.D.
Darin D. Lenz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Course listing

General Education Or Other Prerequisites

CodeTitleUnits
GEOG 220Cultural Geography3
ECON 101
or ECON 102
Principles of Microeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics
3
HIST 120Ancient Civilizations4
HIST 130Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations4
HIST 140Modern Civilizations4
HIST 150American Civilization4
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PS 120American Politics and Society3

Required Courses (11 Courses, 37-49 Units)

The Ancient, Medieval And Early Modern World

Choose one or more of the following if HIST 120 and HIST 130 were taken at FPU; choose two or more of the following if HIST 120 and HIST 130 were not

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 325History of Christianity4
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
HIST 365Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics4
HIST 367The Ancient Near East3
HIST 400Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture3
HIST 405The Renaissance and English Literature4
HIST 380Reformation History and Theology4
HIST 385Early Modern Europe4
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
HIST 412History of Mexico3
The Modern World
CodeTitleUnits
PS 400Comparative Politics3

Choose two or more of the following if HIST 140 was taken at FPU; otherwise, choose three or more (but none may be repeated from above)

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 325History of Christianity4
HIST 395Modern Europe4
HIST 400Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture3
HIST 406Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture3
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
HIST 412History of Mexico3
HIST 418Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 420International Relations3
The United States Of America
CodeTitleUnits
HIST 425Twentieth Century America4
HIST 440California History and Politics4
PS 430US Foreign Policy: History and Contemporary Issues4

Choose one or more of the following

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 350American Religious History3
PS 390Religion and Politics in America *4

Choose one or more of the following

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
PS 380Social Problems and Public Policy *4
Economics

Choose one or more of the following

CodeTitleUnits
ECON 390Global Economics and Sustainable Development *3
INTB 370International Business3
History

Choose one or more of the following

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 436Colonial and Revolutionary America3
HIST 437Nineteenth Century America3
HIST 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
*american Studies Program (15-16 Units)

The American Studies Program (CCCU) in Washington, D.C., may be taken in place of PS 390. If the Public Policy Track is taken, it replaces PS 380. If the Global Development Track is taken, it replaces ECON 390.

Teacher Education Program Information

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.

  • Online application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement documenting experience working with youth
  • LA-385: Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth that meet this requirement.
  • Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance.
Testing Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Passing results on CBEST
  • Passing results on CSET for area of credential
Required Co-requisite Courses:

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student’s academic plan for the credential program.

CodeTitleUnits
LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PS 120
or HIST 150
American Politics and Society
or American Civilization
3