Social Studies: Political Science for Secondary Education

Program Overview

Our program gives you a strong interdisciplinary foundation for teaching political science and other subjects to students in grades 6 through 12. Combining coursework in political science, economics and geography, the program also requires a history minor.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 41

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

In today’s world, everyone needs a basic understanding of our political system and how our government works. This program gives you the skills you need to teach these important lessons to the next generation — and foster civic engagement among your students.

In the classroom, you’ll study American government and our political system. You'll explore world geography and key concepts in economics. And you’ll learn the best ways of teaching these critical topics.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll get hands-on experience as a student teacher in a local school. And you’ll build the foundation you need to inspire your future students to get involved in civic life and advocacy.

Completion of the B.S. in education degree with a major in social studies: political science will qualify you for recommendation to the Michigan State Board of Education for a Secondary Standard Certificate.

Program Highlights

As a political science student for secondary education, you can:

  • Customize your degree by choosing courses such as Population Geography, International Economics or the American Legislative Process.
  • Study international politics in Moscow, Hong Kong and beyond.
  • Serve as delegates, participate in negotiations and write resolutions or amendments through our Model United Nations simulations and conferences.
  • Join Pi Sigma Alpha, our political science honor society, to help increase political participation and build morale and membership within our discipline.

Careers & Outcomes

This program prepares you to teach in grades 6 through 12 with primary responsibility in political science.

Career Projected Salary
Curriculum and Instructional Designer/Developer $63,740
Middle/High School Teacher $61,570
Substitute Teacher $35,142
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