Social Studies Major

​Political Science Concentration 6-12 (Secondary Emphasis)

The Social Studies major is designed to provide strong interdisciplinary preparation for students intending to teach at​ the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. This major requires coursework in political science, economics and geography. At the elementary level, students generally complete either a history or geography concentration. At the secondary level students may take a concentration in either political science or geography and must complete a history minor.


B.S. in Ed. degree, Provisional Secondary Certification

The Social Studies major requires an accompanying minor in History. Double counting between the major and minor is not allowed. See the class schedule for advisors.

In order to be recommended for student teaching by the Political Science department, each student must:

  • Count no course with a grade lower than C- toward the major.
  • Have a minimum of 15 credit hours on the major taken at CMU with a cumulative average of at least 2.70.
  • Complete a departmental application form.
  • Have no more than six hours taken as CR/NC, including PSC 305.
  • Have a grade of C+ or higher in the teaching methods course.
  • Have a minimum of 14 credit hours at the 300 level or higher.
Required Courses I (23 hours)
  • ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3(3-0)
  • ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3(3-0)
  • GEO 121 Cultures of the World 3(3-0)
  • GEO 203 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3(2-2)
  • PSC 105 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3(3-0)
  • PSC 261 State and Local Government 3(3-0)
  • PSC 305 Midtier Teaching in Political Science 2(1-2)
  • PSC 405 Methods for Teaching Political Science 3(3-0)

Social Studies majors who have completed a midtier course for a second major in History (HST 300) may have the requirement of PSC 305 waived in their program.

Required Courses II (18 hours)
American Government: Select one of the following (3 hours):
  • PSC 320 The American Legislative Process 3(3-0)
  • PSC 321 The American Chief Executive 3(3-0)
  • PSC 322 Judicial Process and Politics 3(3-0)
Geography: Select one of the following (3 hours): 
  • GEO 317 Economic Geography 3(3-0)
  • GEO 320 Population Geography 3(3-0)
  • GEO 340 Urban Geography 3(3-0)
  • GEO 342 Historical Geography 3(3-0)
  • GEO 345 Political Geography 3(3-0)

Economics: Select one of the following (3 hours):

  • ECO 281 Economic Development of the Pacific Rim 3(3-0)
  • ECO 301 Environmental Economics 3(3-0)
  • ECO 310 American Economic Development 3(3-0)
  • ECO 350/BLR 350 Law and Economics 3(3-0)
  • ECO 372 International Economics 3(3-0)
  • ECO 381 Patterns of Economic Development 3(3-0)
Political Science Concentration (9 hours): 

Select one of the following:

  • PSC 150 World Politics 3(3-0)
  • PSC 151 The U.S. and the World 321 The American Chief Executive 3(3-0)

Select two of the following:

  • PSC 320 The American Legislative Process 3(3-0)
  • PSC 321 The American Cheif Executive 3(3-0)
  • PSC 322 Judicial Process and Politics 3(3-0)
  • PSC 323 American Parties and Politics 3(3-0)
  • PSC 327 Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior 3(3-0)
  • PSC 421 Constutitional Law: Powers of Government 3(3-0)
  • PSC 422 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3(3-0)

 

Total: 39-41 semester hours

 

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