​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 Education degree, Standard Secondary Certificate

    Major Map

    The Social Studies major requires an accompanying minor in History. Double counting between the major and minor is not allowed.

    Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

    In order to be recommended for student teaching, a student must:

    1. Count no course with a grade lower than C- toward the major.
    2. Have a minimum of 15 credit hours on the major taken at CMU and a cumulative average in the major of at least 3.0.
    3. Have a grade of C+ or higher in the teaching methods course.
    4. Have no more than six hours taken as CR/NC, including PSC 305.
    5. Have a minimum of 14 credit hours at the 300 level or higher.
Required Courses I (6 hours)
American Government

  • PSC 105 Introduction to  American Government and Politics 3(3-0)
  • PSC 261 State and Local Government 3(3-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

American Government: Select one of the following:

  • 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)

Required Courses III (6 hours)

World Geography:

  • GEO 121 Cultures of the World 3(3-0)
  • GEO 203QR Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3(2-2)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

World Geography: Select one of the following: 

  • 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)

Required Courses V (6 hours)

Economics

  • ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3(3-0)
  • ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3(3-0)

Required Courses VI (3 hours)

Economics: Select one of the following:

  • 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)

Required Courses VII (3-5 hours)

Political Science Concentration

  • PSC 305 Midtier Teaching in Political Science 2(1-2)
  • PSC 405 Methods for Teaching Political Science 3(3-0)
Required Courses VII​I (3 hours)
Political Science Concentration: Select one of the following:​
 
  • PSC 150 Introduction to International Relations 3(3-0)
  • PSC 151 The U.S. and the World 3(3-0) 
Required Courses IX (6 hours): 

​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 Constitutional Law: Powers of Government 3(3-0)
  • PSC 422 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3(3-0)

Total: 41 semester hours 

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