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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.


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 


POL 496S          Political Science Senior Research Seminar

F. Multicultural Interdisciplinary Coursework

POL 306                Racial and Ethnic Diversity    


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.


See appropriate sections of this catalog.