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Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS)


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Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS)

A History major is excellent preparation for middle and high school teaching. Maybe it was a high school Social Studies teacher who turned you on to the study of history in the beginning. Now you can prepare to pass on the favor.

The History & Political Science Departments work with the College of Education to coordinate the major and two minors you will need.  To complete the program and be licensed to teach in the state of Virginia, you need a major in history or political science, a minor in ISS, a minor in Secondary Education, and a fifth-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).


History Major  or Political Science Major

ISS Minor

Seed Minor (look at the packet of information linked under the MAT degree)

You will study as much History or Political Science as any major, a selection of other social sciences, and special courses in how to teach the social sciences as more than just a collection of facts.

You'll also observe middle and high school classrooms and be a student teacher.

A fifth-year Master of Arts in Teaching completes your work for Virginia teaching certification.

The History ISS Checksheet for History majors spells it out.

The  Political Science ISS Checksheet for political science majors spell it out.

And here's how to gain admission to JMU's teacher education program. Read through the entire document and take it to your education advisor or Dr. Purcell who is located in Memorial Hall room 3200.


As registration approaches each semester, we will add a sheet with specific advising information for the next semester, including options for classes, procedures for getting into political science classes, and all sorts of other useful information.  Information for fall 2016 classes.   And Information for spring 2017 classes

Drs. Dillard and Sandman are advisors to this program in the History Department. A secondary school teaching path is also offered through the Political Science Department, where Dr. Hulsey is advisor to the program for the political science department.