2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Science

Social Science Composite Degree Options:

Students have a choice of two composite degrees in Social Science.  The Social Science BA is a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on two areas in the social sciences.  The Social Science BSEd prepares candidates for secondary (7-12) teaching in social studies (History, Economics, Geography, Political Science).  Education Candidates should also consider the History BSEd options.  Both History and Social Science BSEd degrees are advised by the History faculty.

Social Science BA Program Mission

Professionally train students in a modern and dynamic environment with the net aim of enhancing their capabilities to be successful.

Social Science Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
To develop and demonstrate an understanding of social science concepts and tools and their application to the analysis of social, cultural, and political systems.
To develop and demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of cultures and cultural diversity.
To develop and demonstrate a sense of chronology, change, and continuity.
To develop and demonstrate a critical and analytical framework in which to understand how people create and change structures of power, authority and governance.
To develop and demonstrate a critical and analytical framework in which to understand individual development and identity as well as the interactions of individuals, groups, and institutions.
To develop and demonstrate a critical and analytical knowledge of economics and economic systems, in particular how people organize for production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
To develop and demonstrate a critical and analytical knowledge of geographic concepts and tools, physical and human landscapes, and the interaction of people, places, and environments.
To develop and demonstrate advanced critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, including the ability to present and support and argumentative thesis.

Social Science Education Program Mission

Provide students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and training required to function as qualified, professional teachers able to expertly impart knowledge and guide their charges with the objective of preparing a better citizen.

Social Science Education Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
To develop and demonstrate an understanding of social science concepts and tools and their application to the analysis of social, cultural, and political systems; demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of cultures and cultural diversity.
To develop and demonstrate an understanding of chronology, change, and continuity; demonstrate familiarity with historical content for a variety of periods and places.
To develop and demonstrate an understanding of how people create and change structures of power, authority and governance; demonstrate an understanding of political systems at the national, state, and local levels and other global political cultures.
To develop and demonstrate an understanding of individual development and identity as well as the interactions of individuals, groups, and institutions; demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among science, technology, and society.
To develop and demonstrate a critical and analytical knowledge of economics and economic systems, in particular how people organize for production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
To develop and demonstrate a critical and analytical knowledge of geographic concepts and tools, physical and human landscapes, and the interaction of people, places, and environments.
To develop and demonstrate advanced critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, including the ability to present and support an argumentative thesis.

Additional Program/Degree/Graduation Requirements

Admission to Teacher Education

  • Social Science BSE majors must successfully complete the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before applying to the Teacher Education Program. For more information on PPST requirements go to http://history.minotstateu.edu.
  • 2.5 GPA required in major for admission to Teacher Education

Social Science Portfolio

  • Completion of social science portfolio required for graduation. For more information on portfolio requirements go to http://history.minotstateu.edu.

Graduation Requirements

  • Social Science BSE majors must take the appropriate PRAXIS II content area exam and the PLT exam. Their official scores must be reported to the university before graduation. (Graduation requirements do no mandate specific scores on these exams, but the North Dakota Teacher licensure requirements do. These include successful PRAXIS II content area and PLT exams. For more information go to http://history.minotstateu.edu.)
  • 2.5 GPA required in major for graduation.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Science

General Education
General Education courses38-40
Major
Major requirements
Required Core
Select one General Education course from each of the six social science disciplines:18
ECON, GEOG, HIST, PHIL, POLS, SOC
Select one of the following:3
Practice and Method
Social Research Methods
Social Science Discipline Specializations
Elect courses from two of the following five disciplines, 12 credits in each discipline. At least 6 credits in each discipline specialization must be at the 300/400 level. Also, at least one course within each discipline specialization must be at the 400 level. Courses taken as part of the required core cannot be counted towards the social science discipline specializations.24
ECON, GEOG, HIST, PHIL, SOC
Second Major or Minor and/or Concentration(s)
Concentrations, minors, or second majors may not duplicate either area of social science discipline specializations. We recommend that students minor in a foreign language. 133
Electives
Elective courses as needed to reach a minimum of 120 total credits for graduation. 1-4 credits, depending on the size of the second major, minor, and/or concentration(s).4
Additional Degree Requirements:
Completion of Social Science portfolio and at least a 2.0 GPA in the major.
Total Hours120-122

 


Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Social Science

General Education
General Education courses38-40
Must take PSY 111 as one Social Science General Education elective. The other Social Science General Education elective must come from the General Education courses found in the Core area choices (see below).
Required Core
A. History Surveys
Depending on what general education history course you choose, choose three additional general education history survey courses such that you have at least 6 credits of US History surveys and 6 credits of non-US History surveys.
Three HIST Survey Courses9
B. History Methodology
HIST 280Practice and Method3
C. History Electives
The following courses must e at the 200-400 level. At least one must be a 400-level seminar
HIST Elective (US or European)3
HIST Elective (non-western, not HIST 211, HIST 212, or HIST 215H) 3
D. Core Social Studies Areas
Select two of the following areas:24
Area One: Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON Upper Level Elective
ECON Upper Level Elective
Area Two: Geography
Introduction to Geography
GEOG Elective
GEOG Elective
GEOG Elective
Area Three: Political Science
American Government
State and Local Government
International Politics
POLS Upper Level Elective
Professional Education Sequence
May be taken prior to admission to Teacher Education
ED 250Foundations of Education2
ED 260Educational Psychology2
ED 320Curriculum, Planning & Assessment3
SPED 110Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SS 283Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
PSY 255Child & Adolescent Psychology3
Admission to Teacher Education required
ED 380Technology in Teaching2
ED 460Managing the Learning Environment2
ED 470Teaching Diverse Learners2
ED 493Student Teaching, Secondary12
SS 391Secondary History/Social Science Teaching Methods3
SS 398Secondary Hist/Soc Sci Practicum1
Open Electives2
ESPB grants additional certification in Sociology for students who complete six elective credits in that discipline.
NOTE: the number of open elective credits will be 3 credits higher if a student counts a Social Science General Education course toward a Core Area requirement.
Total Hours120-122