The major in social studies is designed for students seeking teacher certification in secondary, middle school, or elementary education.
Social studies students chose from either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students seeking teacher certification also complete an appropriate minor and the professional program offered by the College of Education. The social studies major meets State of Michigan content standards for teacher preparation in social studies. Students seeking the B.A. must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Visit gvsu.edu/socstudies for details.
All social studies majors complete the core courses and select an area of emphasis from the component disciplines. The major includes credit hours in:
Upon completion of the social studies major with a teachable minor, students seeking teacher certification in social studies at the secondary, middle school, or elementary levels are well-qualified to begin their teaching careers.
“I have significantly improved as a global citizen through the group social studies major at GVSU. The program has been invaluable as it has taught me how to analyze local, national, and global events of the past and present in order to make educated decisions from an array of paradigms with regard to potential solutions and outcomes.”