Facebook Pixel Major in Social Studies | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

Major in Social Studies

Please check out the Four-Year Plan in History and Social Studies for a quick guide for how and when to register for courses to graduate with a History or Social Studies major.


The major in social studies (reference number 592) requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree. Students completing this major with the Secondary Education curriculum may be certified in social studies.

The courses required are distributed as follows:

  • HIST: 27 hours, including HIST 101, 102, 240, 241 and 498. The remaining 12 hours must be taken in upper division courses and must include a course from each of the following areas: United States History, European History to 1648, European History since 1648 and Areas Other than Europe or the United States.
  • PS: 9 hours, including PS 110, a choice between PS 250 or 260, and an upper-level course selected from PS 310, 316, 326, 327, 328, or 370.
  • ECON: 6 hours, including ECON 202 and 203
  • GEOG: 9 hours, including 101 or 110, and two upper-level classes selected from the following: 350, 360, 425, or 430.
  • SOCL: 3 hours, SOCL 100.
  • ANTH: 3 hours, ANTH 120
  • PSY: 3 hours, PSY or PSYS 100.

In choosing elective courses, students should keep in mind the number of upper division courses required for graduation. Students who complete this program will not be required to offer an additional major or minor for their degree and teacher certification.

Students who pursue the social studies major should also bear in mind that at least a minor in a particular discipline is required by many universities for graduate study in that discipline. The equivalent of a history minor is included in the social studies major. The number of additional hours required to meet minor requirements in PS, ECON, and GEOG is as follows: PS: 15 hours; ECON: 15 hours; and GEOG: 12 hours. Students seeking to minor in any of these disciplines should consult the appropriate department head for specific requirements. 


 Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram


Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 8/8/21