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Social Studies, B.A., B.S.

The major in social studies is designed for students seeking teacher certification in secondary schools.

Social Studies Teaching Jobs in Michigan

Annually in Michigan, there are 1,000 social studies teaching job opportunities.

Social Studies Majors are In-Demand

Social studies majors are highly sought after for their ability to teach a variety of courses.

Gain Interdisciplinary Training and Skills

The social studies major provides students with strong interdisciplinary training and skills.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Coursework is in history, economics, geography, and political science as well as in the social studies specific pedagogy.

Students choose from a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Those seeking the B.A. must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.

Students seeking teacher certification also complete the professional program offered by the College of Education and Community Innovation. The major meets State of Michigan content standards for teacher preparation in social studies.

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Why Study Social Studies at Grand Valley?

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