Social Studies Education First Term Enrollment Selection Guide

Please READ THIS GUIDE before making selections in FTES. Selecting your first-term courses involves the following steps:

  • Review this guide and all related materials found on links in the FTES form itself.
  • Complete each page of FTES and save all entries by clicking “Save to Submit Later” at the top of the page after you have entered new information.
  • Take appropriate placement exams.
  • Submit your finalized FTES by the June 21, 2020 deadline, using the Submit Final Course Selections button.
  • Contact School of Education advisors for questions at 1.315.443.9319, Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by email at any time.

You will refer to Social Studies Education Courses Available section (below) when you work on page 3 of the FTES form, where you are asked to make choices for additional liberal arts courses as well as a course in your history or other social science major..

Below are:

FTES Page 1: Required Courses and Student Data

  1. Check the information at the top of the page and report any errors.
    • Although two emails may be listed for you, you MUST be sure to check your SU email, and many things will be sent there.
    • As a student in the Social Studies Education program, you will have a program of study that combines the Liberal Arts Core (LAC), a major in History or another social science (declared after you arrive) and professional Education courses. Together these two majors prepare you for teaching Social Studies in grades 7-12. If your intended major is incorrect or you have changes you would like to make to it, please let your School of Education advisor know, so course adjustments can be made, and, if appropriate, the change might be made this summer.
  2. In the next section…
    • Answer the questions on the left.
    • Your academic advisor in the School of Education works together with your Arts and Science advisor or Honors Program advisor to develop your fall schedule. We all work together with the goal of making your first registration as smooth as possible!
    • The “additional program information” on the right refers to special options you may (or may not) have selected, such as the Renee Crown Honors Program, or one of the SU learning communities – options that would impact on your registration. Please let us know if you think something is not correct. If you are not in an additional program, it will say “No additional information”.
    • Note the link to placement exams that you may need to take (no later than June 21).
      • Social Studies Education dual students have a choice for their A&S of completing either a language other than English through the 201 course level, OR a two course sequence in math, unless college credit has been earned that meet these requirements.
        • However, for the education part of your degree, you must have at least one college level math course (even if you select the language option for the Liberal Arts Core). There is also a language requirement for education (even if you select the math option for the Liberal Arts Core) which can be met with either successful completion of LEVEL 3 in high school, OR one college level language course.
      • If you have not already met the math requirement with college credit, or want to take additional math, take the Math placement exam. (If in doubt, take it!)
      • If you will select a language requirement for your Liberal Arts Core, will need a language course for your education program requirement, or hope to continue in a language, take the exam(s) for the appropriate language(s), even if you are beginning a new language. Some languages will require that you take an in-person portion during opening week.
      • Note: Students who require disability-related accommodations on placement exams should contact the Center for Disability Resources in advance at 315.443.4498.
  3. Required courses section.
    • All A&S first year students take FYS 101. If you are in the Renee Crown Honors Program, you will also take HNR 100. These are courses that assist in orienting you toward Syracuse University and college life.
    • If you will be part of the Education living/learning community, you will also take EDU 101.
    • All students must select one of the options in the Writing section
      • WRT 105 is the study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies. Focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation. It is the course taken by most (native speakers of English) students.
      • Most students whose native language is other than English will take ENL courses to meet the writing requirement. A placement test taken after you arrive at Syracuse University will determine which course you should start.
    • Select a math course from the option(s) given at the bottom of page 1, based on your placement exam and any previously completed college credit for math. Unless you have a strong preference for another course, we recommend you select MAT 221 or MAT 121 (probability and statistics courses) as your math course.

FTES Page 2: College-Level Credit

  1. If you took AP, IB, SUPA, or transfer credit from other institutions, even if you are not yet sure of your score/grade, please complete page 2 of your FTES form.
    • Write down the names of all exams (AP, IB, CLEP), and/or transfer courses that you completed so that we do not enroll you in a similar course for the fall semester. Some courses might not be accepted for your particular program. However, you should write down all AP, IB, CLEP, and/or transfer courses so that your enrollment advisor will have complete information. To ensure that you are awarded the appropriate credit.
    • In the case of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), confirm that you placed an order or formal request to have those scores sent to our Admissions Office. If you are not sure you did so, follow up with your guidance counselor to find out how to order test scores. If the SU Admissions Processing Office has the scores, your enrollment advisor will receive the score report from them.
    • When entering AP/IB/CLEP courses into your FTES form, write the full examination title and score, if you know it. If you do not know the score, enter the examination title anyway.
      E.g. English Language and Composition is the title for an AP exam. “Writing” or “English” is not the title.
    • In the case of Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) or other SU courses, your grades will appear on your SU transcript and will become part of your grade point average and credits as you continue your studies.
      • When entering Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)/other SU courses into your FTES form, write the full course title.
        E.g. Foundations of Human Behavior-or- Interpretation of Fiction
    • If you have taken a foreign language through an accredited college or university, you will be required to provide a copy of the detailed course syllabus to the appropriate language coordinator in the Languages, Literature, and Linguistics department, along with a completed petition. If you will be continuing with the language, it would be a good idea to try to start this in the summer. If you will not, you can either start the process this summer, or wait until the fall.  You should discuss this with your School of Education advisor.  You should also take the placement exam in the language, if you plan to continue studying it.
    • In the case of other potential transfer credits from other colleges, you must request that the college/university send an official paper copy of the transcript through regular mail to:
      Advising and Career Services
      College of Arts and Sciences
      323 Hall of Languages
      Syracuse University
      Syracuse, NY 13244-1170
      Please note: The transcript is official if it arrives in an envelope sealed by the school itself. It may not be opened by the student or any person other than the SU official who receives it. If the envelope is sent to you, please leave it sealed as is. Place it in another envelope and send it to the address above. If a college or university informs you that they now have a “safe” electronic transmission system, your transcript can be sent by the college to Arts and Sciences via email to

      • When entering course titles and college names for courses taken at other colleges, write the complete course number and name of the college course and the complete name of the college or university
    • Whether the transcripts and score reports have been sent or not, please enter complete information on the courses you have taken in the appropriate sections on page 2. You may enter more than one examination or course in each section by clicking on the plus sign ( + ) to the right of the blank line. Additional lines will then display for you to enter information. Use the minus sign ( – ) if you want to delete the space or information you entered.

FTES Page 3: Course Selections

  1. Choosing additional courses.
    On this page, you will enter your additional “course choices”. The page has five boxes, however you may not need all five boxes. Read the heading in each box and enter choices as directed. You can choose your courses from the Courses Available section (below). Students who are part of the Renee Crown Honors Program and will not be taking WRT 109 in the first semester, will work with an advisor to carefully choose an appropriate honors course to be entered on this page.

    • Box A: Most Social Studies Education majors select history as their social science major. However, students also have the option of one of these other majors, as long as 18 credits of history are also completed. African American Studies (social science emphasis), Anthropology, Economics, Geography (social science emphasis), International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Science, or Sociology. Find the social science major you hope to complete on the list below to see what course(s) can be taken in your first semester. Enter 3 courses in order of preference.
      • Do not select for this box courses appropriate for a major listed below that you are not considering.
      • Note: If your major lists only one or two courses for choices here, you can fill in your other choices in Box D with ECN 203, GEO 171, GEO 272, PSC 121, PSC 125, because all Social Studies majors must take a minimum of one geography course, one government and one economics course for the program.
      • Enter the name of the major(s) that interest you in the comment section on the bottom of page 3.
      • African American Studies: AAS 112 (preferred);
      • Anthropology: ANT 111 (preferred); ANT 141
      • Economics: ECN 203, ECN 101
      • Geography: GEO 171 (preferred), GEO 103, and selected GEO 155 as first choice in Box C.
      • History: HST 101 (U.S.) or 111 (European), 121 (global) or 210 (European – Ancient). One must be taken depending upon geographic area of interest. If you expect AP or transfer credit for one of these, you may select different lower division history course from this list.  If you expect AP or transfer credit for two of these (e.g., 4 or higher on two AP tests), you should NOT take a history course this semester, and will enter a replacement course in this section.
      • International Relations: PSC 124, ECN 203 (if you are interested in this major, you should also enter ANT 185 as a choice in the humanities box) Note: the IR major has a language requirement, so you should also take appropriate language placement test(s) and consider a language course for your first semester.
      • Policy Studies: PST 101, or if already completed through SUPA, MAX 123 or ECN 203
      • Political Science: PSC 121 (required); PSC 123, PSC 124, PSC 125
      • Sociology: SOC 101 (required); SOC 248, SOC 281
    • Box B: Enter three choices for a natural science in order of preference. Some natural sciences have labs (LAC requires one lab eventually– primarily four credits total); some do not.
    • Box C: Enter three choices for humanities (see the Courses Available section). When choosing, keep in mind that this major requires that you complete one artistic expression course (e.g., HOA or HOM or AAS related to art or music; and one course that isn’t history or arts related.  Alternatively, if you wish to continue or start a language for your Liberal Arts Core, and the language into which you have placed is offered this semester, you may enter the language course in this box as your first choice and only choice.
    • Box D: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Mathematics, as reported on page 2. You may choose additional courses from the Humanities (H), Social Sciences (SS), Natural Sciences (SM) or Foreign Languages (L). Or, if you expect credit for one math course, and intend to take an additional math course to complete a requirement for the LAC, and that course is available in the fall, you may enter it here.
    • Box E: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Writing/College Composition (as reported on page 2). Enter 3 replacement course options in order of preference. If you entered a language course in Box D, enter selections from the humanities division in Box E.  If you entered humanities choices rather than a language in Box D, you may choose for Box E additional Humanities, Social Sciences (appropriate for your program), Natural Sciences or Foreign Languages.
    • Comment Box: At the bottom of p. 3, you may write questions or make comments about your course choices in this section.  These should include your intended social science major, and might include your interest in a particular minor, comments about your course load, instructions on a particular section of a multi-sectioned ENG course that interests you, and anything else related to your registration or academic plans!

You are almost done!  You may review your answers on each page, and the summary on page 4, and push the “submit” button when complete.  School of Education advisors will register you this summer, and you will be able to view your schedule in early August.

If you want to change something after you have submitted the form, or if you have questions about the courses you chose, contact one of your advisors. You will also have the opportunity to review your schedule with advisors from both colleges and make changes to it during Opening Weekend and during the first week of classes.

Courses Available

For course descriptions, please visit the Syracuse University course catalog. Detailed information on the topics and readings covered in the ENG courses can be found on the English Department website. Some ENG courses have more than one section, each of which covers different content and is taught by different instructors. If you have a preference for a certain section of a particular course, add a note to the comments section on your FTES form, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

When you use the magnifying glass on page 3 to see a list of courses, there will be some that are not on this list, because they are not recommended for your program in the first semester. Please choose from the list below and, if you are in the Renee Crown Honors program, from that list.

Foreign Languages (L)

(each course is 4 credits)

Dept # Course Title
ARB 101 Arabic I
ARB 201 Arabic III
CHI 101 Chinese I
CHI 201 Chinese III
FRE 101 French I
FRE 102 French II
FRE 201 French III
FRE 202 French IV
GER 101 German I
GER 201 German III
GRE 101 Ancient Greek I
HEB 101 Hebrew I
HEB 201 Hebrew III
HIN 101 Hindi/Urdu I
HIN 201 Hindi/Urdu III
ITA 101 Italian I
ITA 102 Italian II
ITA 201 Italian III
ITA 202 Italian IV
JPS 101 Japanese I
JPS 201 Japanese III
KOR 101 Korean I
KOR 201 Korean III
LAT 101 Latin I
LAT 102 Latin II
POR 101 Portuguese I
POR 201 Portuguese III
RUS 101 Russian I
RUS 201 Russian III
SPA 101 Spanish I
SPA 102 Spanish II
SPA 201 Spanish III
SPA 202 Spanish IV
TRK 101 Turkish I
TRK 201 Turkish III

Humanities (H)

(each course is 3 credits)

Dept # Course Title
AAS 138 Writing About Black Culture
AAS 231 African American Literature to 1900: An Introduction
ANT 185 Global Encounters: Comparing World Views & Values Cross-Culturally
ENG 114 British Literature, 1789 to Present
ENG 119 Topics in U.S. Literary History: Experimental & Emerging Genres 1980-Present
ENG 121 Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 122 Introduction to the Novel
ENG 153 Interpretation of Fiction
ENG 155 Interpretation of Nonfiction
ENG 171 World Cinema
ENG 181 Class and Literary Texts
ENG 182 Race and Literary Texts
ENG 184 Ethnicity and Literary Texts
ENG 192 Gender and Literary Texts
ENG 200 Special Topics: Introduction to Environmental Literature
HOA 105 Arts and Ideas I
HOM 125 Intro to Music Theory
HOM 165 Understanding Music I
HST 111 Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
HST 210 The Ancient World
JSP 135 Judaism
LIN 201 The Nature and Study of Language
LIT 131 Great Jewish Writers
LIT 226 Dostoevsky and Tolstoy
PHI 107 Theories of Knowledge and Reality
PHI 125 Political Theory
PHI 175 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
PHI 192 Introduction to Moral Theory
PHI 197 Human Nature
REL 101 Religions of the World
REL 108 Religion and its Critics
REL 114 The Bible in History, Culture and Religion
REL 126 Ecstasy, Transgression, Religion
REL 131 Great Jewish Writers
REL 135 Judaism
REL 156 Christianity
REL 165 Discovering Islam
REL 185 Hinduism
REL 191 Religion, Meaning and Knowledge
WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WRT 114 Writing Culture

Social Sciences (SS)

(each course is 3 credits unless otherwise noted. See guidelines for Box B in the FTES instructions for the chosen social science major when selecting courses from this list.)

Dept # Course Title
AAS 112 Introduction to African American Studies
ANT 111 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 141 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory
ECN 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 203 Economic Ideas and Issues
GEO 103 Environment and Society
GEO 171 Human Geographies
HST 101 American History to 1865
HST 121 Global History to 1750
HST 208 The Middle East since the Rise of Islam
HST 213 Africa: Ancient Times to 1800
MAX 123 Critical Issues for the United States
MAX 132 Global Community
PST 101 An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy
PST 110 Public Service Practicum (1 credit)
PSC 121 American National Government and Politics
PSC 123 Comparative Government and Politics
PSC 124 International Relations
PSC 125 Political Theory
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 248 Ethnic Inequalities and Intergroup Relations
SOC 281 Sociology of Families

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SM)

(Credits noted. Some courses have required laboratories.)

Dept # Course Title Credits
AST 101 Our Corner of the Universe 4
BIO 105 Technology Inspired by Nature 3
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
CHE 103 Chemistry in the Modern World 3
CHE 106 General Chemistry Lecture I (must also take CHE 107) 3
CHE 107 General Chemistry Laboratory I (must also take CHE 106) 1
CSD 212 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
EAR 104 Earth Science Lab (must also take EAR 105) 1
EAR 105 Earth Science (EAR 104 lab is optional, but should be taken with EAR 105 if a lab science is desired in the fall.) 3
EAR 225 Volcanoes and Earthquakes 3
GEO 155 The Natural Environment 3
PHY 101 Major Concepts of Physics I 4
PHY 211 General Physics I (Prereq or Coreq – Calculus I; Coreq: PHY 221) 3
PHY 212 General Physics II (Prereq or Coreq – Calculus II; Coreq: PHY 222) 3
PHY 221 General Physics Laboratory I (Coreq: PHY 211) 1
PHY 222 General Physics Laboratory II (Coreq: PHY 212) 1
SCI 104 Science-Questions and Quests: Physical Phenomena I 3