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Social Studies Major

​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)


  • 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 Chief 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 

Student Teaching / Department Advisor

​Since its founding in 1892, Central Michigan University has been a leader in the field of teacher education. The teacher education program prepares students for the multiple roles of classroom teacher, school team member, community leader, and education advocate. 

Our department advisor for signing a Social Studies Major (secondary emphasis) is: