2017-18 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

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 BSEd 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://www.minotstateu.edu/history/.
  • 2.5 GPA required in major for admission to Teacher Education

Social Science Portfolio

Graduation Requirements

  • Social Science BSEd 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://www.minotstateu.edu/history/teacher_ed.shtml)
  • 2.5 GPA required in major for graduation.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Science

General Education
General Education courses38-40
Foundational Courses
Analytical/Quantitative Literacy
MATH 210Elementary Statistics4
or PSY 241 Introduction to Statistics
PHIL 100Critical Thinking3
or ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
Research Literacy
SOC 278Social Research Methods3
HIST 251Introduction to Public History3
Writing Literacy
ENGL 315Profes and Tech Writing3
HIST 280Practice and Method3
Technical Literacy
GEOG 289Introduction to GIS3
or GEOL 220 Introduction to GIS
BOTE 247Spreadsheet Applications3
or ART 112 Computer Graphics
Capstone Research Project Prepartory Courses
SS 399Readings in Social Science In this course the student will develop a capstone research project in consultation with an advisor. 1
In consultation with an advisor, choose at least four courses from below that will contribute to your capstone research project.12
Environ and Nat Resource Econ
Managerial Economics
International Economics
Human Geography
Cultural Geography
International Politics
Contemporary Community Issues
Contemporary Political Issues
Contemporary Community Issues
Environmental Sociology
Capstone Project
SOC 401Research/Practicum/Internship3
Minor21
Concentration12
Electives6-8
Additional Degree Requirements:
Completion of Social Science portfolio and at least a 2.0 GPA in the major.
Total Hours118-122

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 260Educational Psychology2
ED 260LClinical I0
ED 282Managing the Learning Environment2
ED 282LClinical II0.5
ED 284Teaching Diverse Learners2
ED 284LClinical III0.5
ED 320Curriculum, Planning & Assessment I2
ED 321LClinical IV0.5
ED 322Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment II2
ED 323LClinical V0.5
ED 324LFall Experience0
SPED 110Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SS 283Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
PSY 255Child & Adolescent Psychology3
or PSY 352 Adolescent Psychology
Admission to Teacher Education required
ED 380Technology in Teaching2
ED 493Student Teaching, Secondary (and ED 482)12
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 Hours121-123