Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with an Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Credential (California)

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The Bachelor of Art in Social Science with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential combines rigorous coursework in history and the social sciences as well as teacher education preparing candidates for careers as teachers of social studies and history at the middle and secondary school levels. The program introduces students to a variety of fields in the social sciences and concentrates on World History, U.S. History, and California History. Students examine worlds, times, places and cultures--including their own--in ways they have never considered and they develop strong skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and researching. This program prepares teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for entry into California’s teaching profession as a social science and history teacher. It is designed for teacher candidates who will be dedicated to inspiring all PK12 learners by ensuring for them: social-emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement, and equitable and inclusive learning communities. The program and courses meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a Preliminary Single Subjects Teaching Credential.

*Please Note: To avoid interruptions to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements, students need to satisfy/pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirement (e.g., CSET) PRIOR to starting the single credential area method courses.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education’s Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the significance of major trends in World History.
  • Assess the significance of major trends in U.S. History.
  • Analyze a variety of primary sources.
  • Analyze secondary sources for their arguments and use of supporting evidence.
  • Discuss current concerns, new theories, new evidence, and issues that shape interpretation in history and the social sciences.
  • Conduct research in history and the social sciences supported by appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
  • Delineate the central demographic, economic, and political developments in the history of California from the eve of Spanish settlement to the present.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Science with a Single Subject Teaching Credential (California), candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level and a minimum 70.5 units of General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
Preparation for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Requirements for Major (25 courses; 108 quarter units)
Social Science Requirements (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):