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 ELEMENTARYCERTIFICATION 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, taken 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.