Social Studies Program

Required Liberal Studies Credits for Secondary Education: Social Studies Major

Division I: Foundations of Communications

  • EN 111 College Composition (4 credits) or
  • EN 109W Intensive College composition (5 credits)
And one of the following courses
  • EN 211 College Composition II (4 cr.)
  • EN 211A Writing and Literature (4 cr.)
  • EN 211B Narrative and Descriptive Writing (4 cr.)
  • EN 211D Technical and Report Writing (4 cr.)
  • EN 211E Critical Thinking and Writing (4 cr.)

Division II: Foundations of Humanities

  • *HS 101 History of Western Civilization to 1600 (4 cr.) or
  • *HS 102 History of Western Civilization Since 1600 (4 cr.)
and
  • *HS 105 World History (WC) (4 cr.)

Division III: Foundations of Natural Science and Mathematics

  • *GC 100 Physical Geography and
There is a required laboratory course for all NMU Bachelor’s degree programs. Take one of the following 100 level labs.
  • AS 103 Observational and Solar System Astronomy (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
  • AS 104 Stellar/Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
  • BI 100 Biological Science (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 111 Introductory Biology: Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • BI 112 Introductory Biology: Diversity (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • CH 105 Chemical Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
  • CH 107 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 108 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 109 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
  • CH 111 General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
  • PY 100L Psychology as a Natural Science with Laboratory (4 cr.) (3-0-2)

Division IV: Foundations of Social Sciences

  • *HS 126 The United States to 1865 (4 cr.)
  • *HS 127 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr.)

Division V: Communications Studies

  • Three credits of either a foreign language or computer science class is required

Division VI: Foundations of Visual and Preforming Arts

  • Three credits of an art, film, or theatre class is required

Health Promotion Credits

  • HP 200 Physical Well Being and
  • A HP activity course of your choosing most are 1 or 2 credits

*Being a student at NMU, you can “double dip” classes. By taking classes in this format, you satisfy this division, as well as credits towards your major

(WC)- Marks that the course fulfills the World Cultures requirement

PLEASE NOTE: At least three credits must be from an “upper level” (300 or 400) course.

For a full list of all courses that satisfy Liberal Studies requirements, please reference the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Also, a teachable minor is required


Other Required Courses for Secondary Education: Social Studies Majors

Please Note that the following courses listed are all the required courses for this major outside of the education courses. The mixture of classes that you will take outside of Liberal Studies will vary depending on which classes you take to fulfill Liberal Studies

Economics 8
Choose two courses from the following:
EC 101 Introduction to Economics  or 4
EC 201 Microeconomic Principles or 4
EC 202 Macroeconomic Principles 4
Geography 8
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
GC 164 Human Geography 4
History 8
HS 101 History of Western Civilization to 1600 or 4
HS 102 History of Western Civilization Since 1600 4
HS 127 The United States Since 1865 4
Political Science 8
Choose two courses from the following:
PS 101 Introduction to Political Science or 4
PS 105 American Government or 4
PS 203 Comparative Government and Politics or 4
PS 309 State and Local Government or 4
EC/GC/HS/PS Electives 4
Must be a 300 level course if PS 309 is not taken above.
Other Required Courses 12
HS 105 World History 4
HS 126 The United States to 1865 4
GC 100 Physical Geography 4


Required Education Courses for Secondary Education Majors

ED 201 Introduction to Education 2
ED 231 Teaching for Learning in the Secondary Classroom 4
ED 301 Dimensions of American Education 2
ED 319 Teaching of Reading for Secondary Teachers 3
ED 349 Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice in the Secondary School Community 2
HS 350 Methods and Materials in Teaching Social Studies Education 4
ED 361 Special Education and the General Classroom Teacher 2
ED 483 Educational Media Technology 2
ED 430 Teaching in the Secondary School 11
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching 1