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EIU Program in Social Science Teaching

Academic Advising

All students in social science teaching have two homes: their disciplinary department (Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology-Anthropology) and the social science teaching program. Students are advised within their disciplinary department by specialists in their major field: James Davis (, Geography; Brian Mann (, History; John Morris (, Political Science; Cathy Schoonover (, Psychology; and Darren Hendrickson (, Sociology. All social science teaching majors are also welcome to meet with Brian Mann, interim coordinator of social science teaching.

Below are major checksheets, four year plans, and handbook created for social science teaching majors to give you all the information that you need. In addition to checksheets, the handbook includes information about the content test, education course sequencing, how to find a job, etc.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: The History with Teacher Licensure major was revised in 2016, and similar revisions to the SOS concentrations were made in 2017, so make sure to check your catalog year as you choose a checksheet below. SOS students are encouraged to check with advisors and Dr. Laughlin-Schultz prior to registering for classes. 

NOTE ABOUT DISCONTINUATION OF SOS: The SOS program is being discontinued effective for students entering EIU in fall of 2019. Those students will be directed to the History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science and will be assisted in designing elective options to help pursue interests, endorsements, and/or minors in the non-history social studies disciplines. All students currently in the SOS program will be allowed to finish out their degrees. 

Social Science Teaching Handbook (Updated September 2019)

Checklist for Social Science Teaching Majors

Degree Checksheets

Sample Four Year Plans

You will get the most out of advising if you carefully review all the degree information on this website. Before you meet with your advisor it would also be good to review your degree checksheet and your own personal degree audit. You can run a degree audit in PAWS.  Log into PAWS and then click on STUDENT and RECORDS. Then, click DEGREE AUDIT REPORTING SYSTEM. Click RUN AUDIT on the right side of the screen, and then click on the link VIEW AUDIT. You should then see a blue clickable link with your major and option listed.

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Contact Information

Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor,
Interim Social Science Teaching Program Coordinator

3721 - Coleman Hall

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