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Social Studies

Social Studies

FOR INFORMATION contact
Anne M. White-O’Hara, M.A.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 239
Direct: (313) 927-1287
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts, Social Studies Major for the Elementary (B.A.)
Secondary Teacher (B.A.)

FACULTY
Karen Davis Ph.D.
Ellis Ivory, M.A.
Tom Klug, Ph.D.
Tal Levy, Ph.D.
Anne White O’Hara, M.A.

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.

Bachelor of Arts, Social Studies Major For The Elementary Teacher (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts with a Social Studies Major requires a minimum of 36 hours to include the following components:

A. General Education Requirements

Social Studies majors are encouraged to take IS 320A Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis as part of their general education coursework. Students are also encouraged to use their social studies core requirements to meet the General Education requirements in areas of Historical and Cultural Traditions, Social Environment and Global Perspectives. For further requirements see the General Education section of this catalog.

 

B. Core Requirements

GEO 199        World Geography: Regions and Concepts

GEO 301        Cultural Geography

ECN 200         Introductory Macroeconomics

ECN 203         Introductory Microeconomics

HIS 252           U.S. History to 1877

HIS 253           U.S. History Since 1877

HIS 255           World History I   

HIS 256           World History II

POL 149          American Political Systems

POL 395          Contemporary Foreign Political Systems                           

HIS 330           Michigan History and Politics

 

C. History Concentration Requirements

If needed, additional coursework at the 300 level in history to total 18 hours.

 

D. Writing Intensive Course Requirement

HIS 330 Michigan History and Politics is a core requirement but also serves as the writing intensive course for the major.

 

E. Senior Research Seminar in area concentration

HIS 496S            History Senior Research Seminar 

F. Multicultural Interdisciplinary Coursework  

IS 320A Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis

This course can be taken as part of the general education requirement.

G. Additional Coursework

If needed, additional coursework at the 300 level in history‚ economics‚ political science or geography to total 36 hours.

H. Certification Requirements

Students pursuing the Social Studies 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.

MTTC Gateway Courses

Students are required to take the State mandated Basic Skills Test and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in social studies. Students may not register for the MTTC in social studies until they have successfully completed 80 percent of the major coursework, take the social studies gateway course and are recommended by the Social Studies Department for the test. The gateway course is designed to help students prepare for the MTTC and to determine their readiness to take the test; this includes mandatory visits to the TEAS lab and a minimum score of 76% on MTTC practice tests. Please consult the social studies department for the current list of gateway courses.

A grade of C or better must be maintained in all courses of this group 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.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

See appropriate sections of this catalog.

Bachelor or Arts, Social Studies Major for The Secondary Teacher (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts with a Social Studies Major is an interdisciplinary major that requires a minimum of 40 hours to include the following components:

A. General Education Requirements

Social Studies majors are encouraged to take IS 320 Detroit Seminar as part of their general education coursework. Students are also encouraged to use their social studies core requirements to meet the General Education requirements in areas of Historical and Cultural Traditions, Social Environment and Global Perspectives. For further requirements see the General Education section of this catalog.

B. Core Requirements

GEO 199             World Geography: Regions and Concepts

GEO 301             Cultural Geography

ECN 200             Introductory Macroeconomics

ECN 203             Introductory Microeconomics

HIS 252               U.S. History to 1877

HIS 253               U.S. History Since 1877

HIS 255               World History I   

HIS 256               World History II

POL 149              American Political Systems

POL 395              Contemporary Foreign Political Systems                           

POL/HIS 330       Michigan History and Politics

 

C. Area Concentration Requirements

Choose an 18 hour concentration in either history or political science. Students are also required to take a senior research seminar in their area concentration. See Section E.

Concentration in History

HIS 252                U.S. to 1877

HIS 253                U.S. Since 1877

HIS 255                World History I

HIS 256                World History II

HIS 330                Michigan History and Politics

Plus additional course work at the 300 level in history to total 18 hours.

                     -OR-

Concentration in Political Science

POL 149               American Political Systems

POL 303               Political Reality and Public Policy

POL 330               Michigan History and Politics

Take at least one of the following:

POL 377               Transnational Politics

POL 325               American Foreign Policy

Plus additional course work at the 300 level in political science to total 18 hours.

 

D. Writing Intensive Course Requirement

POL 330 Michigan History and Politics (cross listed as HIS 330) is a core requirement but also serves as the writing intensive course for the major.

 

E. Senior Research Seminar in area concentration

HIS 496S               History Senior Research Seminar 

                     -OR-    

POL 496S          Political Science Senior Research Seminar

F. Multicultural Interdisciplinary Coursework

POL 306                Racial and Ethnic Diversity    

OR

IS 320A Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis *

*This course can be taken as part of the general education requirement.

              

G. Additional Coursework

If needed, additional coursework at the 300 level in history‚ economics‚ political science or geography to total 40 hours.

 

H. Certification Requirements

Students pursuing the Social Studies Interdisciplinary Group Major are also required to take an approved minor for secondary certification and complete the Teacher Certification Program Requirements for Secondary Teachers. Phase I of the Teacher Certification coursework begins in the sophomore year. See Teacher Certification requirements in this catalog.

Content Area Methods

HIS 347/HIS 547: Methods of Secondary Social Stud­ies is required for students who plan to be certified for secondary education.

MTTC and Gateway Courses

Students are required to take the State mandated Basic Skills Test and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in social studies. Students may not register for the MTTC in social studies until they have successfully completed 80 percent of the major coursework and a gateway course. The gateway course is designed to help students prepare for the MTTC and to determine their readiness to take the test; this includes mandatory visits to the TEAS lab and a minimum score of 76% on MTTC practice tests. Please consult the social science department for the current list of gateway courses.

A grade of C or better must be maintained in all courses of this group 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.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

See appropriate sections of this catalog.

 

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