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The major in Social Studies is designed for students seeking teacher certification in secondary, middle school, or elementary education.
Social Studies students choose from either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
Students seeking teacher certification also complete the professional program offered by the College of Education. Students seeking elementary teaching certification also complete a minor in elementary teaching. The 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.
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
All Social Studies majors complete the core courses. Students also complete courses in Social Studies teaching strategies. Students seeking secondary teaching certification also complete additional coursework. The major includes credit hours in:
Upon completion of the Social Studies major and professional program major, students seeking teacher certification in Social Studies at the secondary, middle school, or elementary levels are well-qualified to begin their teaching careers.
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
“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.”