Social Science Program Overview

If you want to teach History and Social Science at the secondary level, you must demonstrate subject matter competency either by:

1) completing an approved Social Science teacher preparation program, or

2) passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) Examination in Social Science.

Social Science Teacher Preparation Program:

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has authorized CSUB to offer an approved teacher preparation program in Social Science. Students complete the requirements as they earn a degree in a discipline of their choice. Taken alone, the Social Science Teacher Preparation Program is neither a degree program nor a major. Typically, students choose to major in History, Economics, or Political Science, but majors from other disciplines are welcome.

Because you will be working toward a degree in the discipline of your choice and completing requirements for the Social Science program, it is important that you seek the advice of an advisor in Social Science as soon as possible. Careful planning is especially needed at the upper division level since some courses are offered only once a year.

Please see the social science program requirements, the Social Science Program Worksheet, and the history B.A. degree outline.

These handouts and a year-long tentative schedule of course offerings are available from your advisor or the Office of the Coordinator, Faculty Towers 301A. Advisors in the disciplines most commonly chosen are:

Economics:  Prof. Margaret Malixi, 654-2464 (

Political Science:  Prof. Gitika Commuri, 654-6080 (

History:  Prof. Alicia Rodriquez, 654-2166 (

California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) -  Examination in Social Science

About the CSET

CSET Examination in Social Science information

CSET Examination in Social Science preparation