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Northwest Missouri State University

Comprehensive Major in Social Science

A Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Social Science draws upon economics, geography, government, history and sociology in providing preparation for teaching social science. This major must be completed as part of the B.S.Ed. degree, Secondary Program, thus meeting Missouri teacher certification standards. This is a comprehensive major; no minor is required. However, students are free to complete a minor in another field appropriate to the B.S.Ed. degree, Secondary Program, if seeking another teaching area.

Advanced Standing Requirement

Majors in social science may be admitted to advanced standing in their major when they have 1) been assigned an advisor in their major; and 2) completed, with a grade of "C" or better, at least one course in each of the areas of history, government, social science, and humanities/ philosophy from the General Education Requirements.

Core Requirement Courses Hours
Econ 52-151 General Economics II 3
Geog 32-101 Introduction to Geography 3
Hist 33-298 Comparative World Cultures 3
Hist 33-401 Senior Seminar 1
Hist 33-484 U.S. Economic System 3
Soc 35-101 General Sociology OR 3
Soc 35-108 General Anthropology 3
Total Core Hours 16
B.S.Ed. Degree (Certifies Grades 9-12); 52 hours; No minor required
American History 15
Hist 33-524 Colony to Nation 1607-1828 3
Hist 33-556 Roots of U.S. Reform 3
Hist 33-525     OR United States Since 1945
Hist 33-534 The Civil War and Reconstruction
Hist 33-530     OR The Old South
Electives in American History 6
World History 12
Hist 33-517 England: From Stonehenge to Versailles 3
Hist 33-580 Modern China 3
Hist 33-385     OR Modern Japan
Hist 33-31 Russia to 1914 3
Hist 33-375     OR Latin America 3
Electives in World History 3
Political Science (choose 2) 6
PolS 34-203 State and Local Government 3
PolS 34-302 The American Presidency 3
PolS 34-303 The American Congress 3
Behavioral Science Elective
Choose one class from Anthropology, Sociology or Psychology 3
Directed General Education Requirement
Econ 52-150 General Economics 1 3
Total Course Hours Required 52

Psych 08-303 Educational Psychology and Psych 08-322 Adolescent Psychology are completed as part of the Professional Education requirements.

Soc Sci 36-480 Methods in Secondary School Social Sciences is to be completed as part of the Professional Education requirements.

This major, when completed under the B.S.Ed. degree, Secondary Program will meet Missouri teacher certification standards for Social Studies grades 9-12.