Sociology 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. Because Praxis exams in this area are heavily weighted towards history, we STRONGLY advise students to include History (as a second major ideally) as a primary component of their program. Students also 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, course work is required in each of the following:

  • Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political science

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.

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.

Sociology Major Requirements
Required Courses
SOCI 102Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 201Foundations of Sociological Inquiry4
SOCI 220Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations3
SOCI 240Statistics for Social Research4
SOCI 301Sociological Research Methods I4
SOCI 311Urban Sociology3
SOCI 313Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis3
SOCI 400Senior Project3
SOCI 430Sociology of Gender3
Major Electives
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Upper Level Electives
Select 6-18 credits from the following:
Sociological Research Methods II
Large Scale Organizations
Sociology of Work and Professions
Sociology of Health and Illness
Directed Independent Research
Environmental Sociology
Environmental Justice
Social Inequality
Sociology of Education
Political Sociology
Comparative Social Analysis
Sociology and Social Work
Cooperative Education in Sociology
Sociology of Emotions
Sociology of Religion
Deviance and Social Control
Sociology of the Mass Media
Social Movements
Selected Topics in Sociology
Qualitative Research in Sociology
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Sexuality
Electives
Select 0-12 credits from the following:
The Sociological Perspective
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of the Family
Black Family
Individual and Society
Sociology of Leisure
Social Problems
Social Structure of American Society
Men and Masculinities
Men and Masculinities
Sociology of Poverty and Welfare
Sociology of Technology
Sociology of Sports
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
Sociology of Conflict and Violence
Total Credits48

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 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 453Student Teaching9
Total Credits49-54
1

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

Related Social Science Requirements
History
United States
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
Europe
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Asia and Middle East
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
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
Latin America and Africa
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Social Science Courses
EAES 170World Geography3
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
POLS 101American Government and Politics3
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
The Sociological Perspective
Total Credits27