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Social Studies Major for Teacher Certification


Social studies are an area that focuses on society and humanity in order to develop knowledgeable, civically minded people. Teachers in social studies offer students skills to become civic decision-makers. This involves use of facts, an exploration of ideas across historical perspectives and openness to the world and other cultures. Nonetheless, students have to get a better understanding of America's history, geography, economics and the values of government before becoming productive members of society.

Cardinal Points

  • Study abroad opportunities are available in Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom and Scotland.

  • The Honors program lets students conduct original research within their field of study.

  • Education majors are eligible to apply for specific scholarships offered by SVSU.

A Social Studies major is available for those students who plan to teach history, economics, geography, and/or civics or government at the secondary level. It requires completion of the 56 hour major described below, and completion of professional development courses described in the Secondary Teaching Certification catalog entry.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Hillsdale High School
St. Brigid of Kildare School
Sherwood Elementary School
White Pigeon Community Schools
Saginaw Township Community Schools
Genesee Intermediate School District
High Point, NC Schools
Deckerville Community Schools

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

Social Studies Teacher
Secondary Education Teacher
Middle School Teacher
High School Teacher

  • 3% projected growth for employment of middle school teachers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $59,660 is the median yearly pay for a middle school teacher in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • As Social Studies for Teacher Certification majors at SVSU, students will develop skills to become successful history, economics, government and geography middle and high school teachers.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.