Geography Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SOSC 401 is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, coursework is required in each of the following:

  • anthropology,
  • economics,
  • geography,
  • history,
  • political science and
  • sociology.

A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or by viewing the "Social Studies Support Courses" tab on this page.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Required Courses
EAES 100Principles of Geography3
EAES 161Human Geography3
EAES 170World Geography3
EAES 210Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing3
EAES 272Land and Life in Latin America3
EAES 281Introduction to American Urban Studies3
EAES 373Historical Geography of the United States3
EAES 377Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa3
EAES 390Research Methods3
EAES 487Senior Seminar in Urban Study (Urban Studies Internship)3
or EAES 497 Senior Seminar Geography
Electives
Select 6 credits from the list:6
Our Finite Earth: Population and Resources
The Geography of Life and Death
Geography of North America
Geography of East and Southeast Asia
Principles of Land Use
Urban Design and Architecture: American Cityscape
Urban Georgraphy
Field Geography
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Fluvial Geography
Environmental Gerontology
Geopolitics
World Resources and Industries
Geography of Europe
Geography of South Asia
Latin American Environments and Economies in a Global Framework
Culture in Transition in India: An Anthropo-Geographical Approach
Geography of New Jersey
Geography of the Middle East
Geography: The Former Soviet Union
Transportation
Urban Field Studies
Geography of Manufacturing
Location of Economic Activity
Managing the Urban Environment
Urbanization and Environment
People and Cities: Comparative Urban Studies
Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
Computer Mapping
Senior Seminar in Geographic Information Science
Environmental Law
Population Problems of the World
Culture and Resource Utilization
Urban Studies: London and the British New Towns Movement
Seminar in International Economic Geography
Urbanization in World Perspective
Problems in Urban Geography
Real Estate Principles
Advanced Real Estate
Urban Planning
Village to Metropolis: Urbanization in Latin America
Independent Study in Geography
Internship
Honors Research
Readings in Earth Environmental Studies
Pro-Seminar in Earth and Environmental Studies
Total Credits36

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Speech for Teacher Education
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Additional Teacher Ed Pre-Requisites
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
Select one of the following:3
Teaching for Equity and Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Select one of the following:1
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
SASE 310Inclusion in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 411Language and Literacy3
SASE 314Assessment of Learning1
SASE 316Integrating Technology Across the School Curriculum1
SASE 450Fieldwork3
SASE 451Teaching for Learning I3
Methods Course(s)
Select one of the following according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Dance Methods
Teaching English (secondary)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
The Teaching of Health
and Seminar in Physical Education
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Latin
Methods and Material of TESL
Teaching of Mathematics
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12
Professional Semester Courses
SASE 452Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits49-54
1

Or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy.

Teacher Ed Support Courses

Anthropology or Sociology
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Economics
ECON 100Introduction to Economics3
History
US History
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
HIST 215Women in American History3
HIST 217History of Black Americans3
European History
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Non-Western History
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Communist Revolution in China
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Church and State in Latin America
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Selected Topics
Political Science
POLS 201Comparative Politics3
Select one of the following:3
American Government and Politics
American Political Thought
Total Credits30