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Social Studies

NYSED Content Areas: Sociology, Political Science, History, Geography, Economics, Archaeology, Anthropology, Area/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Juris Doctor’s Degree

According to NYSED, acceptable studies for social studies certification (grades 7-12) include coursework in economics, government, United States history, world history, geography, sociology, anthropology, and political science.

Stony Brook University has determined that the following recommended courses meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Courses with certain departmental subject codes (e.g., ANT, ECO, HIS, SOC, POL, AFS) may also be valid for the content area.


CEE 512 Historical Issues in American Education*
CEG 511 Cultural Communication (formerly Cross-Cultural Communications)
CEG 516/HIS 501 Early Modern Europe: 1450-1700**
CEG 517/HIS 542 Modern Latin American History Seminar **
CEG 522/HIS 522 Introduction to United States History Since the Civil War **
CEG 523/HIS 500 Historiography**
CEG 524/HIS 502 Late Modern Europe Seminar **
CEG 529 Anthropology, History and Museums: An American Perspective (formerly Anthropology and Museums: Exhibiting Other Cultures)*
CEG 531 The Immigrant in America: A Sociological Study (formerly Immigration: Today and Yesterday)*
CEG 532/HIS 521 United States History to the Civil War Seminar *, **
CEG 534/HIS 562 Modern African History and/or Asian History Seminar**
CEG 538 United States History since 1945
CEG 565/HIS 565 Japanese History**
CEG 567 Native American History
CEI 506 Cultural Anthropology (formerly Understanding Other Cultures) *
CEI 567 Women and the American Experience
CEJ 502/HIS 561 East Asian History Seminar**
CEJ 588 Italian Americans: Comparative Study of American Ethnic Groups (formerly Comparative Study of American Ethnic Groups)
CES 521 History of Labor Relations in America
CET 550 Racism: An Interdisciplinary Analysis*
CEV 541 The Italian American Experience *

*Denotes a course that is either regularly or occasionally offered online.
** Students must have permission from the History department to take HIS sections of this course.

Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 1/30/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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