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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.
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.
Why Study Social Studies at Grand Valley?
- Students study the world from a variety of perspectives, giving them strong interdisciplinary training and skills.
- Our majors are trained to research problems and engage in problem solving through written and verbal communication.
- The curriculum prepares students to teach a complex subject in a changing world.
- Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching social studies.
- Social studies majors are highly sought after by schools that want to hire teachers capable of teaching a variety of courses.