Social Studies Group (Elementary and Secondary)

Social Studies

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

What can I do with this major?

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.

Interesting classes I may take?

HIS 113 - World Civilization
HIS 114 - World Civilization II
SSC 161 - World Geography
SSC 312 - World Affairs

Historiography I/Social Studies Research (HIS/SSC 451/451): Two sequential capstone courses which address the making of history. This will examine philosophy of history, select historians and schools of interpretation, a Christian worldview of history and pertinent professional issues. Students will complete a major research project based upon intensive primary and secondary research. This will culminate with the proper writing and presentation of such research.

SSC 464/EDU460 Social Studies Methods: This course presents an integrated approach to social studies. New definitions and trends in the teaching of social studies are considered with an emphasis on interdisciplinary study. Students will learn about curriculum content and formats, practice the design of instruction and assessment, and develop skills in the use of technology for the classroom.

What internships or partnerships are available with this major?

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 the past, students have interned at schools in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

What are grads doing now?

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