Bachelor of 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 203 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
Social Studies majors pursuing secondary teacher certification 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 pursuing teacher certification 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 the EDUCATION section of this catalog for more information.

See appropriate sections of this catalog

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