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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.


See appropriate sections of this catalog.