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

The major in social studies is designed for students seeking teacher certification in secondary, middle, or elementary school.

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. Those 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.

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Why Study Social Studies at Grand Valley?