Dec 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 06-29-20) 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 06-29-20) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology-Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12), B.S.

Major Requirements

Credit Hours: 33

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.

Sociology Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12)

Students interested in teacher licensure in social studies must complete the sociology major, the additional coursework required for social studies licensure and the Secondary Education Cognate, B.S.  major requirements. See the School of Education, Health and Human Performance  section of this catalog for a listing of the requirements for the additional certification coursework and the secondary education cognate major. Students should apply for acceptance to this program preferably by the second semester of their sophomore year. Requirements for this include admission to and successful completion of the approved teacher education program. Students must successfully complete all requirements for licensure in secondary education.

When declaring teacher licensure in social studies through the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select “Declare or Add a Major” and then “Secondary Education Cognate” from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the sociology major and follow the on-screen instructions.


  • You should apply for admission (this is NOT declaring your major) to the Teacher Education Program the semester you are enrolled in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) . Requirements for admission:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.750 and 60 earned credit hours.
    • Passing scores on Praxis Core: Academic Skills for Educators designated by the South Carolina Department of Education OR qualifying SAT or ACT scores. Scores must be sent to the College of Charleston (Code R5113) and the SCDE (Code R8108).
    • Completing the application process during EDFS 201 .
    • If a student has transfer credit for a course that is equivalent to EDFS 201 , they must meet with the Teacher Education department chair and complete 1 hour of work.
    • A grade of C or better in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) 
  • Your admission process must be completed before taking EDFS 460 .
  • You must complete a major in the content area and the cognate major (see Secondary Education Cognate, B.S. ) to be forwarded to the State Department of Education for certification.
  • Minimum Sociology GPA of 2.500.
  • Minimum education GPA of 3.000.


*SOCY 260 SOCY 271 , and SOCY 272  must be taken within the first 18 credit hours of the major.

One course from each of the four areas of concentration in sociology:

Social Psychology (330’s), Social Problems (340’s), Social Organization (350’s), and Social Inequality (360’s)

Complete 6 credit hours:

From SOCY 103 -SOCY 499B :


  • A maximum of 3 credit hours from SOCY 103  and SOCY 109  can count toward the electives and GPA for the sociology major.
  • Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to take MATH 104  or MATH 250 .
  • Sociology majors are encouraged to take courses in multiple disciplines and to consider minors in related fields. 
  • No more than 6 credit hours from SOCY 381  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from SOCY 382  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from SOCY 383  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from SOCY 399  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 9 credit hours from SOCY 490  may be applied towards the program requirements.

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

The following courses are excluded: ANTH 101 , ECON 200 , GEOG 101 , HIST 103 , HIST 104 , HIST 201 , HIST 202 , POLI 101 , POLI 104