Jan 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Adolescent Social Studies, Grades 7-12

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The BA program in Adolescent Social Studies Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State. The undergraduate programs in adolescent education are designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling of the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools.

Declaring the Major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year. The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Minimum of at least 60 credits but no more than 90 credits completed by the first semester in the education program.
  2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
  4. Formal declaration of a major in History.
  5. Participation in a group interview

Academic Progress Standards

  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in a course with fieldwork or student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to re-register for that course, which may be repeated only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of D in a course in the education sequence will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of F in any education course will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  • Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCCR], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement. In the case of Social Studies, the courses that meet CCCR are:


Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.

Course of Study


Credits: 69

Social Studies Courses (42 credits)

History Courses (21 credits)

Choose seven (7) courses from the list below with a maximum of 6 credits in history courses at the 100-level (other than HIST 15100 and HIST 15200) and a minimum of 9 credits in history courses at the 300-level or above.

World/Non-US History (12 credits)

Choose at least three credits in each of the following categories (courses may be used to count toward only one category; described category must comprise 50% or more of course content for course to qualify):

  1. Pre-1800
  2. non-Europe
  3. Europe
  4. One additional World/Non-US History

Additional US History courses (6 credits)

all above the 100-level

Capstone Course in History (3 credits)

History Practicum or any dedicated seminar or Honors course at the 400 level approved by the Undergraduate Advisor and/or the Department Chair, as involving significant writing in the major, or graduate-level history course (700-level) available with permission to graduating seniors.

School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.      

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