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Science & Math
Prepare K-12 teacher education candidates in the content and practice of science as well as the principles and best practices of imaginative science education. This goal will be met by implementing several American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recommendations regarding the preparation of prospective science teachers.

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Social Justice
Social justice education is important. The Master’s Program in Social Justice flows from the mission of Marygrove College. The program is ideal for those interested in learning and promoting social justice/change. It provides for analysis and reflection in the ways of thinking, the values, assumptions, and the actions that maintain the economic, political, and cultural structures that shape our lives. It also seeks to build competencies and skills to transform these structures toward a more just society. In addition, this program seeks to create an internal culture of justice among the candidates.

Special Education (2)

Special Education
The Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Special Education with Concentration in Learning Disabilities prepares K-12 teachers for leading effective differentiated instruction for students with learning disabilities.

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Sacred Music
Sacred Music program is offered through the Music Department. For additonal information, please see the Music Department's page.

Social Studies (3)

Social Studies
The social studies group major is designed for any student who plans to teach social studies at the elementary or secondary level. The social studies major meets the requirements of the State of Michigan social studies endorsement (RX) and is in compliance with the No Child Left Behind federal legislation.

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Social Work
The mission of the Social Work Program at Marygrove College is to educate highly competent, compassionate, committed and ethical bachelor level social workers who are known by their ability to right social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others. The motto that the Social Work Program places before our students is: “Be prepared to get involved!”

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Social Science
Like many students, you may find it difficult to select a single discipline for a major. Therefore, a major in social science may suit you best. You will be part of an interdisciplinary program, which examines society’s institutions – their structures, theoretical foundations, evaluation, and interrelation – and how they affect and are affected by human behavior.

Sociology (4)

Sociology is a field committed to understanding human social life. It prepares students to become thoughtful and engaged citizens in our ever-changing world. The study of Sociology develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of human experience as well as promoting social justice.

Spanish (5)

You will be interested in a Spanish minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A Spanish minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.

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Social Work Overview


Adoption Specialist • Case Manager • Child Care Worker • Child Protection Worker • Community Organizer • Domestic Violence Counselor • Employee Assistance Counselor • Family Court Officer • Family Services Worker • Foster Care Worker • Foster Home Developer • Geriatric Services Worker • Group Home Supervisor • Group Leader • Home Health Care Provider • Independent Living Worker • Intake Worker • Legal Aid Worker • Occupational Social Worker • Mental Health Worker • Patient Advocate • Policy Analyst • Probation Officer • Program Evaluator • Program Supervisor • Recipient Rights Investigator • Research Associate • Resource & Referral Specialist • Residential Counselor • Sexual Abuse Counselor • Social Service Coordinator • Street Outreach Worker • Substance Abuse Counselor • Youth Treatment Specialist


Marygrove College offers a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The B.S.W. program is designed to prepare students for ethically-guided, general­ist social work practice at the entry level of professional employment and for graduate professional education. Satisfactory completion of our undergraduate curriculum means that you would be eligible for up to one year advanced standing in Master of Social Work degree programs. With some post-degree work experience, you can be licensed as a social worker in the State of Michigan.


The Social Work Degree Program

The social work curriculum is based on the premise that as a social worker you need a well-integrated program of liberal arts courses, professional foundation courses, and professional core courses. The curriculum is, therefore, interdisciplinary in nature.  It includes 46 credit hours in social work core courses and 30 credit hours in professionally related courses in the social sciences, biology and philosophy.  Because of its interdisciplinary nature, no minor is required.

If you are entering Marygrove as a first year student, then the program of study leading to the B.S.W. degree generally consists of a minimum of four years of full-time study. If you already have an associate’s degree or are transferring into Marygrove with junior standing, you can generally complete all requirements for the B.S.W. degree in two and a half years of full-time study.  Transfer guides for area community colleges can be found at: http://socialwork.marygrove.edu.

It is not mandatory that you attend the College full-time to pursue the B.S.W. degree. Part-time students are also welcomed.  This degree program can be completed during day and/or evening hours.

The professional core courses are concentrated in the junior and senior years. Therefore, you are advised to complete general education requirements before your junior year, or as soon as possible.

In accordance with CSWE’s Accreditation Standard 3.2.5 for baccalaureate social work programs, the Marygrove BSW program has “a written policy indicating that it does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.”

Social Work Advisor and Student Handbook

After admission to the College, you will be assigned a social work faculty advisor who will help you plan your academic career at Marygrove and consider the many professional social work career possibilities. Your advisor will provide you with a Social Work Department Student Handbook. This includes general information about the social work profession, and specific information regarding the Marygrove BSW program’s mission, goals and objectives, together with its policies and procedures. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor every semester in order to help ensure that you are taking the courses you need and in the required order.  Your academic advisor will be an important resource to you.

Admission to the B.S.W. Degree Program

After you are admitted to the College, your advisor will explain the self-assessment, application and screening process required of you in order to be granted formal admission to the B.S.W. degree program. This process starts with your enrollment in one or more introductory social work courses, which you should elect as soon as you complete all prerequisites to the course(s). In these courses, you will assess your aptitude for, and clarify your interest in social work.

You will be ready to submit an application for formal admission to the social work program once you have:

  •    decided that you want to attain the B.S.W. degree, and declared Social Work as your major
  •    achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of   2.3 (C+)
  •    completed SW 312 with a grade of C or better
  •    demonstrated successful progress in SW 314.
  •    have been admitted to the Social Work Program
  •    have completed SW 325 with a grade of “C” or higher
  •    attend a mandatory field education meeting
  •    submit a completed “Application for Admission to Field Education” form
  •    be evaluated by Social Work faculty as being professionally and academically ready for admission to field education
  •    successfully complete SW 350 with a grade of “C” or higher during the winter or summer semester immediately prior to the beginning of the field placement.
  •    submit a completed “Student Field Education” form
  •    submit the “Course Check List” signed by advisor verifying student’s readiness to graduate at conclusion of fall semester (for block placement) or winter semester (for regular placement) of internship year
  •    submit a resume and cover letter.
  •    be admitted into the Field Education Program by February 15 of the Winter term that precedes the Summer term in which the Block placement practicum will begin
  •    have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.2
  •    provide a written rationale stating why they believe they are capable of completing a Block Placement in light of the heavy academic and professional requirements which this model places on students, especially during the Fall semester when they must complete 9 credits of field practicum work
  •    present a clear and realistic plan demonstrating how they will complete all the requirements of the field practicum, as well as all of their requirements for graduation by December of the same calendar year in which they complete their second semester field practicum*
  •    be graduating in December of the same calendar year as the year in which they conclude their field practicum.**
  •    Network, Marygrove's organization for all students interested in social work, was founded in 1982.  Network's charter calls for providing opportunities for students to assist each other throughout the Social Work program and toward their professional/career goals, as well as promoting a positive image and greater understanding of the social work profession.
  •    Phi Alpha Honor Society, Beta Eta Chapter, Marygrove's chapter of this national honor society for social work students, was founded in 1988.  In order to be eligible for membership, a student must be a Social Work major with junior or senior standing, have been formally accepted Into the BSW program, have completed 9 credit hours in Social Work, and have an overall GPA of 3.0, with a 3.3 GPA in Social Work.
  •    ABSWS, Marygrove's Association of Black Social Work Students, was founded in 1978.  This organization, a student chapter of the National Association of  Black Social Workers, provides opportunities for African American students to advocate for policies and services addressing a broad range of social, economic and political issues that impact the African American community.
  •    MMEN, the Marygrove Men Empowerment Network, was founded in 2009.  It provides mutual support for the men of the Social Work program and other male students on campus.  It also provides a means for these men to advocate for the interests and serve the needs of men at Marygrove and in the wider community. 
  •    The Sister Christina Schwartz, IHM, Scholarship is an annual award, given to one or more social work students who have demonstrated extensive volunteerism and community service regarding social justice Issues in Detroit.
  •    The Helen Wessel Cherniak Scholarship is an annual award, given to a student having strong academic credentials and the potential to make a contribution to her/his community.
  •    The Outstanding Student in Social Work Award is an annual award presented to a senior student for outstanding achievement in leadership and active demonstration of the values of the social work profession.
  •    The National Association of Social Workers Student Social Worker of the Year Award is given each year, based on a vote of the graduating seniors and the Social Work faculty, to a student who:  best demonstrates leadership qualities, contributes to the positive image of the social work program, is committed to political and community activities, is successful in their academic performance, and represents the NASW Social Work Code of Ethics.
  •    The Social Work Department has two computer laboratories, both of which are used for special class assignments.  In particular, the labs are used for learning and practicing interviewing skills, for SW 325: Professional Communication, and for learning and practicing data analysis skills, including the use of SPSS, for SW 355: Social Research, and SW 365: Research and Statistics for Social Workers.  In addition, one lab offers open walk-in hours specifically for social work student use.
  •    The Michelle Ventour Social Work Resource Room houses books, journals, magazines and other resource materials useful for social work students, as well as a place to meet and study.  It is dedicated to the memory of Michelle M. Ventour, LMSW, for her 17 years of loyal service to the Marygrove College community.  Each social work major has her/his own mail folder or mailbox in the Resource Room.
  •    The Social Work Department computer laboratories are monitored by students who are invited to serve as Computer Lab Monitors.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Social Work Computer Lab Monitor.  Serving in this capacity also provides opportunities for networking, assisting others in the program and developing leadership skills.
  •    Social work majors are encouraged to join with faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community, to serve on special Ad Hoc Committees.  These include planning committees for special events, research teams for specific projects, search committees for new faculty/staff, as well as ad hoc committees for developing new processes, procedures, projects and/or programming.

An application packet is available outside the Social Work Department Office, MC 345. Details of the application process are outlined in the application packet, in the Social Work Department Student Handbook, and in SW 312: Introduction to Social Work.  A Social Work Admissions Information Workshop is offered several times each semester; it is highly recommended that every student interested in applying to the program attend this workshop, prior to submitting her/his application. 


Students are responsible for submitting to the Social Work Department Office the entire admissions application, including the application form, personal interest statement and reference letters, by the deadline posted each se­mester. Applications are reviewed by the Social Work Admissions Sub-committee. Applicants are notified of the Admissions Sub-committee’s decision by the end of the semester in which they apply.

A contractual agreement between the student and the Social Work Department must be signed upon admis­sion to the Program. Admission to the Program is valid for six (6) years.  If this time period has expired and you have not successfully progressed toward degree completion, then you must re-apply to the Program. 

No grade below a “C” will be accepted in any required core social work course. If you earn below a “C” in a core social work course, you must repeat that course and earn at least a grade of "C".  Only two different core courses may be repeated, and each course may be repeated only once.  If more than two core courses must be repeated, as a result of a final grade lower than a “C,” then you may not continue in the social work program.

An overall GPA of 2.3 must be maintained by social work students.  Continuance in the program is contingent upon maintenance of this GPA requirement, as well as upon personal and professional behavior that is consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics.

Decisions about program admission, denial, discontinu­ance and repeating of course work will be handled on an individual basis.  If you wish to appeal a decision or a policy, please refer to the academic appeals procedures described in the Social Work Department Student Handbook and in the Academic Policies sec­tion of this catalog.

The program reserves the right to require volunteer experience and/or a pre-professional practicum.

You must be formally admitted into the Social Work Program before you can enroll in:

  • SW 350      Social Work Practice I
  • SW 450      Social Work Practice II      
  • SW 455      Field Practicum
  • SW 496      Senior Seminar                

Admission to Field Education Program

The signature component of the BSW Program is its Field Education Program.

To be admitted to the field education program, a student must:

Once admitted to field education, a student must:

Decisions about field education admission, denial and/or discontinuance will be handled on an individual basis.  If you wish to appeal a decision or policy, please refer to the academic appeals procedures described in the Social Work Department Student Handbook and in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Field Practicum

The core of the field education program is an educationally planned, professionally guided field practicum in an agency or facility where professional social workers are employed.  As a social work intern, you will be engaged in the delivery of social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities, generally two to three days per week.  Marygrove’s Social Work Program has two practicum models.

The Academic Year practicum model is the main practicum format and is the model that is open to all students admitted to field education. According to this model, students are enrolled in the field practicum course and working in the assigned agency two semesters, for a total of 12 credit hours.  This enrollment occurs during both the Fall term (6 credits), and Winter term (6 credits). These students can anticipate graduating in May at the conclusion of that academic year.

The second practicum model is called the Block Placement model, in which students are enrolled in the field practicum course and working in the assigned agency during the Summer term (3 credits), and Fall term (9 credits), for a total of 12 credit hours.  These students can anticipate graduating in December at the conclusion of the Fall semester.  The majority of students are not eligible to follow this Block Placement practicum model.  In order to be considered for a Block Placement, a student must:

*The Field Director has been given the authority by the faculty to determine whether students’ plans are realistic and if they will be able to handle the demands of a Block placement.  This decision about readiness for a Block Placement will be made by the Field Director in consultation with the social work faculty.  Approval or denial of requests will be given in writing.  If a student wishes to appeal the decision, she or he should refer to the academic appeals procedures described in the Social Work Department Student Handbook and in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

**Although a student meets the qualifications and receives approval to complete the Block placement model, this does not guarantee that the program will be able to accommodate all specific needs or requests.

At Marygrove, your field practicum agency is specifically selected for you by the Field Director, with your consultation, from the many and diverse agencies in the tri-county area. The field practicum provides you with invaluable experience and preparation for employment in entry-level social work practice.  Because the field practicum, together with required coursework, places high demands on your time and energy in the senior year‚ advance planning is required.  The Field Director reserves the right to delay, interrupt and/or terminate the field practicum experience.  The Field Director may also require that you complete additional field practicum hours beyond the required 450 hours of practicum work.

As we subscribe to and aim to cultivate the values of the social work profession, it is expected that you will respect and promote the dignity, integrity and self-determination of every person in the field agency, on campus, in the classroom and in related interactions, as well as conduct yourself according to the NASW Code of Ethics at all times.  Please see the Social Work Student Handbook for more information regarding this expectation.


Program Motto and Student Involvement
The motto of our program is “Be Prepared to Get Involved”.  Marygrove social work students are very active on campus and in the wider community.  They volunteer to help children, teens, adults and seniors in a variety of settings.  They also participate in meaningful research and advocacy for positive change in the city of Detroit, of which we are an integral part.  Marygrove social work students, like all students at Marygrove, are guided, mentored and nurtured to become the urban leaders of tomorrow.

Social Work Student Organizations

The Social Work Department has four student organizations:  Network, Phi Alpha Honor Society, ABSW, and MMEN.

Social Work Awards

Social Work Department Facilities

Leadership Opportunities

Annual Department Events

The Social Work Department sponsors a variety of social and academic events for students throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to join with department faculty and other students, as well as program alumni, to welcome the new students and honor our alumni in the fall, to celebrate the new year in January, to commemorate Social Work Month in March, to attend the Senior Seminar dramatic presentation in April, and to be part of the spring mixer in June.  As a graduating senior, you will also be honored at the annual Social Work Senior Social.  In addition, special workshops are designed specifically for the needs and interests of social work students. 

Social Work Program Mission, Goals and Objectives


The mission of the Social Work Program at Marygrove College is to educate highly competent, compassionate, committed and ethical bachelor level social workers who are known by their ability to right social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others. The motto that the Social Work Program places before our students is: “Be prepared to get involved!”

Social Justice Overview


Social justice education is important. The Master of Arts in Social Justice Program flows from the mission of Marygrove College. The program is ideal for those interested in learning about theory and practice that promotes social justice and change. It provides for analysis and reflection in the ways of thinking about the values, assumptions, and the actions that maintain the economic, political, and cultural structures that shape our lives. It also seeks to build competencies and skills to transform these structures toward a more just society. In addition, this program seeks to create an internal culture of justice among the candidates.

Social Science Overview


B.A. Level: Business • Government • Human Services • Law Enforcement • Graduate Level: • Business Administration • Education • Law • Social Work


Like many students, you may find it difficult to select a single discipline for a major. Therefore, a major in social science may suit you best. You will be part of an interdisciplinary program, which examines society’s institutions —their structures, theoretical foundations, evaluation, and interrelation—and how they affect and are affected by human behavior. The courses in the Social Science department are offered to both day and evening students


This is a group major of 36 credit hours to include the following:

  • Social Science Core Course Requirements:  SOC 201; ECN 200 or ECN 202 or ECN 203, PSY 205; and one of the following: POL 203 or POL 385
  • A concentration of 18 credit hours in one of the following areas: history, political science, psychology or sociology
  • Additional course work in the social sciences outside your concentration to total 36 hours

Only grades of C- or better in all Social Science core courses and concentration courses can be applied to fulfill the major requirements.

The Social Science minor requires 24 credit hours, including Social Science Core Course Requirements, and additional course work in the social sciences to total 24 hours.


Graduates of social science find many and diverse career opportunities. Social science graduates have been in demand for jobs in human services, law enforcement, government, and business. Many social science graduates have gone on to further studies in social work, law, education, and business administration.

Social Studies Overview

Program Scheduling

Many of the core requirements for the Social Studies Major are offered in the day and in late afternoon or evening

Specialized Accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts with a Social Studies Major (36 credit hour minimum) is designed to meet the state of Michigan’s social studies (RX) endorsement for elementary teachers. The major’s core requirements provide students with a strong base (minimum of 6 credit hours) in each of the following four core areas: economics‚ geography‚ history‚ and political science. In addition, students will develop a concentration (18 credit hours) in history with a solid foundation in Michigan, United States and world history that prepares students to teach the integrated history and geography emphasis of the K-8 Content Standards for the Social Studies in Michigan’s Curricular Framework.

Students pursuing the Social Studies Interdisciplinary Group Major are also required to take the Elementary Group Minor (29 credit hours) and the teacher certification coursework. See Elementary Certification requirements in this catalog.

Sociology Overview

Advertising Consultant • Analyst •Child Welfare• City Management• Corporate Planner • Evaluation Research • Federal Government • Gerontology• Government Specialist • Graduate Student •Health Care• Human Resources Manager •International Relations• Marketing Consultant • Organizational Consultant • Problem Solver Researcher • State Government • Teacher/Educator • Telecommunications Manager

Sociology is a broad discipline making it an excellent major for anyone interested in society and social relationships. It is relevant wherever human relations are at work. Few majors plan to become professional sociologists but use the major as an undergraduate prerequisite to enter professional schools or to prepare for entering the world of employment.   In order to successfully complete a B.A. in sociology students must meet writing intensive and senior seminar requirements.

Sociologists with an undergraduate degree in sociology (B.A.) work in a variety of settings such as government, corporate, law, social service, health care, banking, consulting. Many sociologists work in federal, state and local agencies conducting research, managing programs, and problem solving. Sociologists also work in a variety of industries such as human resources and management, marketing, advertising, telecommunications and insurance. Those with advanced sociology degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) can work for corporations and agencies as organizational consultants and researchers that focus on program development, analysis and evaluation, corporate planning and restructuring. There are also opportuni­ties for an academic career that would lead to teaching and research in colleges, universities, federal, and state agencies.


The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology requires 30 total hours in sociology. It provides a broad perspective for stu­dents interested in careers in the social services, liberal arts, criminal justice, forensic science, the law, journalism and gerontology. Whatever your special interests, you will be able to take courses that will prepare you to address social issues within society or in your immediate career.

A minor in Sociology complements many majors including but not limited to Social Work, Psychology, or Education. If you plan to attend graduate school in any of the Social Sciences, a minor in Sociology provides you with a helpful background. The minor consists of 20 hours of coursework in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

A minor in Criminal Justice is helpful if you wish to work in the criminal justice system, apply for entrance into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or if you want to combine it with your major area (such as Psychol­ogy or Social Work) to improve your employment op­tions. The minor requires 24 credits including the five core correctional courses and electives in the Social Sciences.

Spanish Overview


Teacher, Translator, Study Abroad Advisor, Bilingual Assistant. Customer Representative, Court & School Mediator . Foreign Service Worker . Technical / Media Writer. Editor. Proof-Reader . Court Reporter, Research Analyst, Consultant, Health Care Representative/ Patient Advocate, Personal Banker, Manager, Linguist .


You will be interested in a Spanish minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A Spanish minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.

You will be interested in a Spanish Translation Certificate if you have advanced Spanish proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.


A Spanish minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in Spanish, you will:

  • Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of Spain as well as Latin America.
  • Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and acquisition: writing, reading, understanding, and speaking.
  • Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular culture, art, and social issues of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in a Spanish-speaking country, interning in a Spanish-speaking environment, or taking part in a similar immersion experience.

The Translation Certificate Program

This is a five-course sequence that will provide you with training to translate from Spanish into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship.

You can seek admission to the Translation Certificate program if you have completed at least third-year college Spanish classes, or if you have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in Spanish and English. A placement exam and an interview with the Program Director are also required to complete the admission process.

Translation workshops are open to all qualified students, including native and heritage speakers. Enrollment in a degree program is not necessary for these classes.


  1. SPA 150 and SPA 151 can be used to fulfill general education requirements. Credit earned for SPA 150 and 151 cannot be applied toward a Spanish minor.
  2. Advanced Placement and CLEP credit in Spanish can be applied toward the elective hours needed to complete a minor. You can receive up to 12 hours of credit. A language proficiency exam is required to be placed in courses SPA 250 and above; this is administered by the Program Director.
  3. If you are placed into SPA 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition, you must still complete the 20 credits required for a minor in Spanish; you will not receive credit for SPA 250 or SPA 251.
  4. Spanish 300- and 400-level courses are taught online.
  5. First-hand Language Experience
    You will find that you will get the most out of your language program if you take every opportunity to speak Spanish and to immerse yourself in Spanish-speaking cultures. You can earn Spanish credit while studying overseas through Marygrove’s Study Abroad program. Work and volunteer abroad opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can also put you in touch with Spanish- speaking people. To earn a Spanish minor, you are encouraged to participate in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, or approved equivalent.
  6. Students are strongly advised to sit for the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera—Certificado Inicial exam, though they are not required to pass the exam in order to earn a minor in Spanish.


Special Education Overview

General Information
This program is designed to prepare candidates to meet the educational needs of a wide variety of children. To accomplish this, you will receive experiences in several key areas: educational psychology and human development, education of culturally diverse and special needs populations, practical and sequential experiences in the schools, teaching methodology, and a strong liberal arts education. Marygrove’s Special Education program will provide a strong foundation in the knowledge, skills and dispositions considered foundational to all special education practitioners as well as those more specific to the area of learning disabilities.

Career Information
This program combines regular elementary or secondary teaching certification with a K-12 endorsement in learning disabilities.

Bachelor of Arts, Special Education; Learning Disabilities Major (B.A.)
After completion of the special education major, you qualify for teaching certification and an endorsement in Learning Disabilities (SM). Graduates are also required to pass
the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification exams. This provisional certificate identifies you as a specialist in the field and makes you a marketable applicant when seeking a teaching position.

Learning Disabilities Endorsement (SM)
Teachers who already hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate can add the SM endorsement by completing the courses in the endorsement sequence. The State of Michigan grants the endorsement after successful completion of coursework and the Michigan Test for Teaching Certification in the areas of Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.

Planned Program for Professional Certification
Teachers who require a planned program for professional certification may complete an 18 hour planned program in special education. Candidates may select a minimum of 12 hours of coursework from Special Education (SED) courses and six credit hours of coursework from Education (EDU) courses. SED courses completed in a planned program may be counted toward the Special Education Endorsement.

Special Elements of the Program
Academic Performance

A grade point average of 2.7 is required.

Special Education Overview


The Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Special Education with a Concentration in Learning Disabilities prepares K-12 teachers for leading effective differentiated instruction for students with learning disabilities. Teachers who hold a valid Michigan Elementary or Secondary teaching certificate can become highly qualified and add the SM endorsement by successfully completing the M.Ed. in Special Education and passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the area of Learning Disabilities (SM).

Secondary Teaching Certification


Any student with a major in political science who plans to teach political science or social studies  at the middle school or  high school level is required to take the follow­ing course-work. The additional requirements are designed to meet the state certification code and prepare students to teach the Michigan Social Studies Curricular Framework

A. General Education Requirements

Students are encouraged to take as many of these additional course requirements as part of their general education coursework.

GEO 199        World Geography: Regions and Concepts
ECN 200        Introductory Macroeconomics 


ECN 203        Introductory Microeconomics 
HIS 252              United States to 1877     


HIS 253              United States Since 1877
HIS 255              World History I   


HIS 256              World History II

B. Additional Coursework

One of the following Interdisciplinary and Multicultural courses:


POL 306 Racial and Ethnic Diversity
IS 320A  Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis

C. Certification Requirements

HIS 347: Methods of Secondary Social Studies is required for secondary education.

Professional Education courses are found in the Teacher Certification section of the catalog.

A grade of C (2.0) or better must be maintained in all courses of this major. An overall GPA of 2.7 is required to enter the Teacher Certification Program at Marygrove. See Teacher Certification section of this catalog for more information.

D. MTTC and Gateway Courses

Students are required to take the State mandated Basic Skills Test and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in political science. Students may not register for MTTC in political science unless they have successfully completed 80 percent of the major coursework and a gateway course. The political science gateway course is designed to help students prepare for the MTTC and to determine their readiness to take the test. Please consult the department for the current list of gateway courses.

E. Certifiable Minor


Social Science Minor


A social science group minor consists of 24 credit hours in the following courses:

A. Social Science Core Courses (13 credit hours)

SOC 201        Sociological Perspectives     


SOC 202        Social Problems
ECN 202        Economic Dimensions           


ECN 200        Introductory  Macroeconomics 


ECN 203        Introductory Microeconomics                           
PSY 205             Introductory Psychology
POL 149        American Political Systems   


POL 203        Political Reality & Public Policy  


POL 385        Community & Organizational Change

B. Electives

Additional hours from anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology for a total of 24 credit hours in social science


A social science minor does not apply to students in elementary or secondary teaching. These students should refer to the Social Studies group minor.


Social Work Minor within a Bachelor of Arts Program

If you are considering a minor in social work, you should talk with your advisor and the Social Work De­partment Chair about the possible benefits.  The Social Work Minor requires 20 hours in 300-level social work courses, specifically:  SW 312, 314, 325, 340, 440, SOC 385, plus 3 credits of social work electives (e.g., SW 378, SW 200, SW 355, SW 410, etc.). No more than two grades below a "C" will be accepted in courses toward the social work minor.  You can successfully combine a minor in social work with politi­cal science, psychology, sociology, social science, criminal justice and other majors as well.  However, you are forewarned that a social work minor is not adequate preparation for entry-level social work employment, nor for competent social work prac­tice.  You will not be eligible for social work licensure in the State of Michigan with a social work minor.  The program, therefore, only recommends B.S.W. gradu­ates for employment within the field of human services.

Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 110  Introduction to Criminal Justice                                             3 hours
Course cross-listed with CJ 110; Term: 1 and 2, offered as needed
Historical overview of corrections systems, processes, and roles to present day. Includes adult and juvenile, male and female facilities. Raises current issues.

SOC 201  Sociological Perspectives                                                       3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: sophomore status or second semester freshman; Term: 1, 2, offered as needed
The goal of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of society through the lens of the sociological perspective by introducing you to the basic concepts, definitions, and research methods involved in contemporary sociology.

SOC 202  Social Problems                                                                        3 hours
General Education option. . Prerequisites: sophomore status or second semester freshman; Term: 2, 3 (alternate years)
Basic concepts and the analysis of major problems of contemporary society. In-depth investigation of the social causes of social problems as well as public policy consequences of solutions. Special emphasis will be given to critical thinking abili­ties in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. This course may include a service learning option.

SOC240  Corrections                                                                                 3 hours
Course cross-listed with CJ 240; Offered as needed.
Organizational and operational methods in correctional facilities (objectives, security levels, pre-release). Human concerns in custodial care. Includes co-ed and women’s facilities.

SOC 300  Special Topics in Sociology                                                    3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108 and SOC 201; Term: Offered as needed
Selected topics and issues in sociology or criminal justice as chosen by the instructor. May include use of statistical software.

SOC/ECN/POL/PSY 305  Introductory Statistics                                    4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or equivalent; Term: 1, 2
Fundamental principles of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications to Social Sciences.
May include use of statistical software.

SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity                                                      3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or an introductory Sociology course; Term: 1, 2, 3. Course cross-listed with POL 306
Analysis of the social, economic, and political aspects of racial/ethnic relations in the US. Effects of diversity on various racial and ethnic groups.

SOC 311 Deviant Behavior                                                                       3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 1, Course cross-listed with CJ 311
Emphasizes interplay between society and the person in the development of deviant behavior. Explores the differ­ent kinds of deviance, theory, social control, and social issues.

SOC 320 Juvenile Delinquency                                                               3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 2, offered as needed, Course cross-listed with CJ 320
Provides an overview of juvenile behavior and the juvenile justice system in American society. A critical approach is used exploring the history and social construction of juvenile delinquency as a social phenomenon, theoretical explanations for delinquent behavior, experiences of juvenile delinquents, and the organizational processes and politics of the contemporary juvenile justice system.

SOC 345 Sociology of the Family                                                           3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 1
Students examine the family as a social institution, historical origins, forms of organization, interaction patterns, conflict, change, as well as, ethnic and cultural differences within a global context. Sociological theories will be investigated as well as empirical research.

SOC 346 Aging Individual In Society
Prerequisite: ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 1, 2 
Later years of human life explored from an interdisciplinary perspective.   A service learning component may be part of this course.

SOC 348 Death and Dying                                                                       3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; Term: Offered as needed, Course cross-listed with PSY 348
Discussion of death in our society, death in different cultures, attitudes toward death, children and death, grief and bereavement, suicide, lethal behavior, search for immortality and other related topics.

SOC 351 Restorative Justice                                                                  3 hours
Prerequiste: SOC 110, SOC200, Instructor permission. Course cross-listed with *CJ 351

This course is an overview of community and restorative justice. It is an introductory analysis of the principles and practices of restorative justice. Restorative justice offers an approach to criminal justice based on a balanced focus on the victim, offender, and community.

SOC 352 Women in the American Criminal Justice System               3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 201; Term: Offered as needed.
Focuses on women as offenders, victims and professionals in the criminal justice system with particular emphasis on ethnicity as an influencing factor.

SOC 355 Social Research                                                                      4 hours

Prerequisite: PSY 205, SOC 201, MTH 100; Term 1, 2, Course cross-listed with SW 355
Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work practitioner or social science professional. Students become familiar with different social research approaches (using both quantitative and qualitative data), and learn a method for effectively evaluating research studies. Includes a series of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step through the research process: deciding and developing a research question, specify­ing sampling strategy, selecting or developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a data collection, analyzing data, writing a research paper, etc. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

SOC 358 Law and Society                                                                       3 hours
Prerequisite: Introductory course in Political Science or Social Science; Term: Alternate years, Course cross-listed with POL 358.
A study of American law as seen through the United States Constitution and interpreted by the federal and state court systems. Also a brief examination of the roots of American civil and criminal law.

SOC 360 Social Psychology                                                                   3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108‚ PSY 205; Term: 2, Course cross-listed with PSY 360
Study of people as social beings and members of groups. Topics include the Psychology of interpersonal influ­ence, attitude change, attraction, anger, conformity and group process. Writing intensive.

SOC 365 Group Dynamics                                                                      3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1. Course cross-listed with PSY 365
Group processes as they apply to task, community and organizational groups. May include service learning.

SOC 375 Sociological Theory                                                                 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term:2 , offered as needed
Introduction to the classics in social theory, various schools of social thought, and modern developments in the discipline. Introduction to the major ideas of the classical and modern theorists, the social environment in which they wrote, and the implications of their contributions.

SOC 385 Community and Organizational Change                               3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 and ECN 202; Term: 1, 2, Course cross-listed with POL 385
Analysis of communities and organizations as social systems, including examination of critical problems. Also, examines intervention and change strategies and skills that appear to be effective and how they can be applied. A service-learning component may be included.

SOC 393 Urban Social Issues                                                                3 hours
Term: 2
This course will examine the emergence of cities and theories of urban change from a sociological perspective. Urban and suburban life will be explored from a macro and micro level of analysis. The focus will be on American urbanization with an emphasis on the City of Detroit, although worldwide urbanization will be discussed, This course will include a service learning component that will allow students the opportunity to engage in sociological research methods in an urban setting. Writing intensive.

SOC 491 Independent Study in Sociology                                           1-4 hours
Prerequisites: SOC201, SOC 355, permission of instructor; Term: 1, 2, 3 Advanced research in Sociology and presentation of critically evaluated data.

SOC 492  Readings in Sociology                                                           3 hours
Prerequisites: For Sociology majors only.   SOC 201, junior or senior standing, permission of the instructor;
Term: 1, 2, 3, Course cross-listed with CJ 492. In-depth investigation of a selected area of Sociology. This course may be repeated once.

SOC/CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices                                          3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 351
This course is a continuation of CJ/SOC 351 Restorative Justice. This seminar will take a critical look at traditional government responses to crime in the United States and examine how the principles and practice of restorative justice may improve that response. The application of the principles of restorative justice and the challenges of a restorative justice and the challenges of a restorative approach will be addressed.

SOC 496 Senior Seminar                                                                       3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 312, SOC 201; junior or senior standing; permission of instructor. Term: 2
Topic to be selected by student with approval of instructor. May be library research based or an original research project. Requires written and oral presentations. Writing intensive.



Spanish Course Descriptions

SPA 150 Elementary Spanish I                                                                                                     3 hours
General Education option. Term 1and 2
Introduces the basic skills necessary for mastery of the Spanish language—listening, speaking/pronunciation, reading, and writing. Includes an introduction to the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPA 151 Elementary Spanish II                                                                                                      3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: SPA 150 or placement. Term 2
Continued study of Spanish language and culture. Emphasizes the basic skills necessary for mastery of the Spanish Language. Includes an introduction to the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPA 250 Intermediate Spanish I                                                                                                   4 hours
Prerequisites: SPA 151 or placement. Term 1.
Stresses the continued development of language skills in the four areas of language learning—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Includes low-intermedi­ate level conversation and composition. Includes study of literary and cultural selections from the Hispanic world.

SPA 251 Intermediate Spanish II                                                                                                  4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 250 or placement. Term 2.
Continued development of language skills. High-inter­mediate level grammar and conversation.

SPA 310 Business Spanish                                                                                          - online  4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 251 or equivalent. Term varies.
Oral and written practice in Spanish in preparation for working in a Spanish-speaking environment.
Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 320 Conversational Spanish                                                                                                4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 251 or equivalent. Term varies.
Development of oral language skills at the intermedi­ate/advanced level. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 332 Latin American Humanities                                                                            - online  3 hours
Cultural values and expressive arts of Latin American nations, both ancient and modern.

SPA 347 Methods in Foreign Language Teaching and Language Acquisition        - online  3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or placement. Term Varies.
Strategies for developing and implementing detailed lesson plans based on a diagnostic-instruction model for both developmental skills in language acquisition. First half of the course will prepare the student for field-based experi­ence. Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation of lessons.

SPA 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition                                                         - online 4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 251 or placement. Term 1
Advanced grammar review. Literary and other readings. Conversation and composition. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 351 Introduction to Hispanic Literature - online                                                              4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350. Term 2.
Representative readings and analysis of peninsular and Latin American literature from all periods. Includes com­position, conversation, and continued grammar review. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 354 Iberian History & Culture - online                                                                              4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 2.
Overview of Spanish history from the Roman colonization of Spain to the present. Discussion of Iberian history, art, religion, popular culture, and contemporary social issues. Emphasis placed on the influence of the country’s history on present-day Spain. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 400                             Principles of Translation      - online                                              3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 1.
Introduction to the Translation Certificate programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation; methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer; professional component including an overview of career opportunities and current practices. Course taught in English.Taught online.

SPA 401                             Translation Workshop I     - online                                                 3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 1.
Translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Spanish into English. Includes an overview of the Spanish language and a contrastive analysis of the two linguistic systems. Also introduces the interpretation process. Taught online.

SPA 402                             Translation Workshop II    - online                                                3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 2.
Continuation of Translation Workshop I. Also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts from Spanish into English and practice tests from the American Translators Association. Taught online.

SPA 403                             Business Translation Workshop    - online                                  3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 2.
Translation of Spanish business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions. Taught online.

SPA 488                             Cooperative Field Experience                                                       3 hours
Prerequisites: For translation, SPA 400, 401, 402, and 403; for other bilingual field experience, SPA 351. Term varies.
Opportunity for supervised field experience and preparation of a professional portfolio.

SPA 491                             Independent Study     online                                                        1-4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350. Term varies.
Enrichment of a regular course or research project.

Special Education Course Descriptions

SED 355 Pre-professional Practicum in Learning Disabilities 3 hours
Prerequisites: SED 364, SED 365
Thirty-five hours of supervised observation and participation with students labeled learning disabled in a school or community setting; seminar discussion of theories of learning disabilities, ethical issues, and development of personal theoretical framework.

SED 364 Characteristics of Students with Learning Disabilities 3 hours
Prerequisites: SED 250, Admission to Teacher Certification Program or
Permission of Instructor
Emphasis on the etiology, legal definition and regulations, the negative effects on learning and curriculum methods and techniques used to facilitate remediation. Research dealing with multicultural influences on diagnosis, as well as social organization and structure.

SED 365 Teaching Students with Disabilities 3 hours
Prerequisites: SED 250, SED 364; completion of regular education methods courses
Methods and techniques for the educational needs of students with mild disabilities. Psychological information about group and individual; strategies for achieving integration in regular education; organizational structure of the school, and strategies for teaching reading, math, and study skills.

SED 366 Assessment of the Exceptional Child 3 hours
Prerequisite: EDU 241
Educational assessment of exceptional individuals, focusing on both standard and alternative measures, appropriate and effective use of test results, and multiple methods of documenting mastery of curriculum/goals and objectives.

SED 370 Students With Disabilities: School, Family, 3 hours and Community Interaction
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification Program
Develop flexible theoretical frameworks, practical skills and sensitivity in working with families of students with disabilities. Theoretical bases for current approaches to supporting families, anomalies and challenges presented by the growing diversity of U.S. society, development of a critical awareness of formal and informal supports for families.

SED 373 Assistive Technology in Special Education 3 hours
Prerequisite: EDU 330
Introduces the use of adaptive technology, methods for linking technology and instruction of students with special needs, techniques for selecting and utilizing computer based instructional programs, and methods for developing interactive instructional materials.

SED 375 IEP Development 3 hours
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification Program
Covers prereferral and referral processes, assessment, plans, eligibility criteria for services, due process, and development of the individual education plan (IEP). Includes transition, consideration of assistive technology needs, modifications, functional behavior analyses and intervention plans.

SED 376 Classroom Management and Intervention Strategies for 3 hours Students with Disabilities
Prerequisite: EDU 324
Create and manage productive and positive classroom environments. Examine the roles of teachers in preventing and minimizing problem behaviors, as well as in utilizing behavioral difficulties as learning opportunities. Preventing and maintaining prosocial behavior and applying supports through functional behavior assessment and intervention planning. Develop an understanding of the larger social contexts of behavior management and social control.

SED 425 Teaching Language Arts to Students with Disabilities 3 hours
Prerequisite: SED 365
Offers a wide range of research based, multisensory, technology-enhanced strategies and techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and written expression skills in an integrated process. Includes practicum.

SED 450 Teaching Mathematics to Students With Disabilities 3 hours
Prerequisite: SED 365
Introduces approaches to teaching and assessing mathematics for special needs students. Learn to examine, evaluate, and apply teaching approaches used in both general and special education settings.

SED 456 Language Development and Disorders 3 hours
Prerequisite: EDU 240
Relationship of language development and psycholinguistics to the child’s motor, emotional, and cognitive development. Special reference to the educational process and difficulties of students with learning disabilities. Focus on teaching strategies and multi-media approaches.

SED 496 Special Education Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Senior status, Admission to Teacher Certification Program
Examine trends and issues facing special educators. Emphasis on current problems that affect students with disabilities.

SED 499 LD Student Teaching 4-6 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching, completion of EDU 499
Observation and guided full-time, 8-12 week professional laboratory experience in public, private, or community setting with students labeled LD for six credit hours.

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