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Social Studies (Group)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

The major in social studies is designed for students seeking teacher certification in secondary, middle school, or elementary education.

Program Overview

Social Studies students choose from either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students seeking teacher certification also complete the professional program offered by the College of Education, and those seeking elementary teaching certification complete a minor in elementary certification. The major meets State of Michigan content standards for teacher preparation in Social Studies. Students seeking the B.A. must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Visit for details.


All Social Studies majors complete courses from the component disciplines. The major includes credit hours in:

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political science
  • Social Studies teaching methods

Career Options

Upon completion of the social studies major, students seeking teacher certification in social studies at the secondary, middle school, or elementary levels are well-qualified to begin their teaching careers.

Why Study Social Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Social studies is attractive to schools that seek to hire students who are able to teach a variety of courses.
  • The social studies capstone, the culmination of the major, puts students' learning experiences into context.
  • Our students graduate from Grand Valley prepared to tackle the demands required by educators across the state and around the country.
  • The major meets State of Michigan content standards for teacher preparation in social studies, which require at least six credit hours and two courses in each of the four disciplines and at least 18 credits in a component discipline.


“I have significantly improved as a global citizen through the group social studies major at GVSU. The program has been invaluable as it has taught me how to analyze local, national, and global events of the past and present in order to make educated decisions from an array of paradigms with regard to potential solutions and outcomes.”


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