Bringing World Affairs into Focus.

Social Studies Group is a major for secondary and elementary students within the Teacher Education Division. Graduates who pass the subject area test are certified to teach Social Studies at the elementary, middle or high school levels.

Degree Completion

Download sample degree plans for a major in Social Studies Education.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Teacher Education
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 36 (requires minor)
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Internship Opportunities

    Students in this major spend a semester student teaching under the direction of an experienced teacher at public and private schools throughout West Michigan. Students also have the option of completing part of their internship experience at a school overseas in places like:
    • Asia
    • Latin America
    • Africa
  • Graduate Outcomes

    Many of our graduates have successfully obtained teaching positions in public and private schools throughout Michigan and in other states. And, many of our graduates have also taken positions in Christian and private schools in countries thought the world.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum and professional education courses, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Group for Elementary and Secondary Education degree requires the following classes:

  • ECN-231 Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • ECN-232 Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • HIS-113 World Civilization I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS-114 World Civilization II (3 credit hours)
  • HIS-211 Michigan History (3 credit hours)
  • HIS-221 United States History I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS-222 United States History II (3 credit hours)
  • SSC-161 World Geography (3 credit hours)
  • SSC-211 American Government (3 credit hours)
  • SSC-262 Geography of North America (3 credit hours)
  • SSC-312 World Affairs (3 credit hours)
  • SSC-451 Social Studies Research I (2 credit hours)
  • SSC-452 Social Studies Research II (1 credit hour)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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