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Lake Superior State University

Social Studies: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


A passion for history, political science, economics or geography will help enable you to successfully complete a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in elementary or secondary education.

If you are preparing for elementary school teaching you will complete course work in the areas of language arts, mathematics and natural sciences as well as courses in Teacher Education.
Preparation for teaching at the secondary level includes completing the social studies major and also a minor program of study in one of many teaching areas.

Both the elementary and secondary teaching degrees require completion of the sequence of teacher education courses and a fifth-year student internship.

You will also complete courses to meet the general education requirements for both elementary and secondary education.

Basic knowledge in history, geography, political science and economics, plus more extensive study in two or more of these areas, is required for this major.

After successfully completing the first two years of the Teacher Education Program, you will apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. There are a number of requirements for admission as a junior. These are designed to assure that students who wish to become teachers have an intellectually and professionally sound preparation. Among these requirements is an overall grade point average of 2.70.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Science Social Studies, Elementary Education

Planned Program (37 credits)

Language Arts:

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
    or
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Science:

Mathematics:

  • MATH103 Number Systems and Problem Solving 4
  • MATH104 Geometry and Measurement 4
  • MATH110 Explorations in Mathematics 3
    or
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3

General Education and Electives: Students must complete all the general education requirements and electives to total 124 semester credits.

Major Area Requirements for both Elementary and Secondary Education

Introductory Sequences (29 credits)

  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
    or
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography 4
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3
  • HIST101 History of World Civilization I 4
    and
  • HIST102 History of World Civilization II 4
    or
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
    and
  • HIST132 United States History II 4
  • POLI110 Intro. to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI130 Intro. to State and Local Government 4

Upper-Level Courses (17 credits)

Students must choose five additional courses from 300/400-level offerings in two or more of these disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science. No more than 12 of the 17 credits may be in any one discipline.

Methodology Courses

Select one methods course from the following:

Select one statistics course from the following:

  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Elementry Teaching.

To earn a bachelor of arts degree, students must take eight credits of a foreign language.

 


Bachelor of Arts/Science Social Studies, Secondary Education

Minor (21 credits)

Students are encouraged to select a 21-credit teaching minor in economics, geography, history, political science, psychology or sociology. Courses counted for the major may be counted for the minor.

General Education and Electives

Students must complete all the general education requirements and electives to total 124 semester credits.

Major Area Requirements for both Elementary and Secondary Education

Introductory Sequences (29 credits)

  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
    or
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography 4
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3
  • HIST101 History of World Civilization I 4
    and
  • HIST102 History of World Civilization II 4
    or
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
    and
  • HIST132 United States History II 4
  • POLI110 Intro. to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI130 Intro. to State and Local Government 4

Upper-Level Courses (17 credits)

Students must choose five additional courses from 300/400-level offerings in two or more of these disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science. No more than 12 of the 17 credits may be in any one discipline.

Methodology Courses

Select one methods course from the following:

Select one statistics course from the following:

  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

To earn a bachelor of arts degree, students must take eight credits of a foreign language.

 

Minor (21 credits)
Students are encouraged to select a 21-credit teaching minor in economics, geography, history, political science, psychology or sociology. Courses counted for the major may be counted for the minor.
General Education and Electives
Students must complete all the general education requirements and electives to total 124 semester credits.
Major Area Requirements for both Elementary and Secondary Education
Introductory Sequences (29 credits)
ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG201 World Regional Geography
or 4
GEOG302 Economic Geography
GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3
HIST101 History of World Civilization I
and 8
HIST102 History of World Civilization II
or
HIST131 United States History I
and 8
HIST132 United States History II
POLI110 Intro. to American Government
and Politics 4
POLI130 Intro. to State and Local
Government 4
Upper-Level Courses (17 credits)
Students must choose five additional courses from 300/400-level offerings in two or more of these disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science. No more than 12 of the 17 credits may be in any one discipline.
Methodology Courses
Select one methods course from the following:HIST496 Historical Methods 2
PSYC212 Experimental Psychology 4
SOCY202 Social Research Methods 3
Select one statistics course from the following:POLI211 Political Science Research and
Statistics 4
PSYC210 Statistics 3
SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4
Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.
To earn a bachelor of arts degree, students must take eight credits of a foreign language.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.