Social Studies

The Social Studies major provides students with a broad range of courses through which to examine and appreciate the processes and institutions that shape civilizations and social orders. It seeks to recreate the context of changing human activities, be they cultural, economic, geographic, political, or social, and to explain and understand the contemporary human condition. Because of its interdisciplinary structure, the Social Studies major is valuable for those who want a multidimensional understanding of the human past and future, and of the contemporary world and their own place in it.

The degree was especially designed for students seeking to become secondary school teachers, but it could also provide background for those who seek a career in government work, law or business.

Prerequisites to the Major

The Social Studies major requires the student to take two introductory courses.

Select two courses from the following:6
The World to 1500 CE
The World Since 1500 CE
The American Past I
The American Past II
Intro to American Government
Total Credit Hours6

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements

Students must complete 33 credit hours of coursework in Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science from the following:

One course any GEOG 100-400 level3
One course any GEOG 300/400; 3000/4000 level3
Select one of the following:3
Prin: Macroeconomics
Prin: Microeconomics
Introductory Economics
Any ECON 300/400; 3000/4000 level3
U.S. History (CAUS)
One course any HIST 300/400; 3000/4000 level3
Non-U.S History
Three courses HIST 300/400; 3000/4000 level - MUST be in 3 different global areas:9
Africa (CASF):
The Contmp World, 1945-Present
West Africa Since 1800
Seminar: African Diaspora
Asia (CASA):
Early Russian History
Imperial Russia
The Russian Revolutions
Late Imperial China
Traditional China
History of Modern China
Traditional Japan
Modern Japan
The Contmp World, 1945-Present
The United States and Vietnam
Compar History of Technology
Borderlands History
Europe (CASE):
Russian Intellectual History
20th-C Russian Intel History
Early Russian History
Imperial Russia
The Russian Revolutions
Polish History Since 1800
Poland - Study Abroad
Armenia Ancient Medieval World
Armenia in the Soviet Period
Armenians in the Modern World
England: Tudors and Stuarts
Modern Britain
Medieval Society
The Renaissance
The Reformation Era: 1500-1648
Europe in Age of Rev:1750-1815
Europe in Age of Imp:1815-1914
20th-Century Europe, 1890-1945
The Contmp World, 1945-Present
Germany Since 1945
The European City, 1750-2000
20th c European Women's Hist
Freud's Vienna: 1866-1920
Germany Before Hitler
Eur and Intern'l Econ History
History of Industrial Technlgy
History of Consciousness
Language, Myth & Dreams
Intell Hist of Modern Europe
Modern France
Compar History of Technology
Aspects of the Holocaust
Nazi Germany
European Encounters, 1400-1800
The Contmp World, 1945-Present
Middle East (CASM):
The Birth of Civilization
Hist, Lit, & 20th Century Iran
Armenia Ancient Medieval World
Armenia in the Soviet Period
Armenians in the Modern World
Islamic Movemnts Mid East Hist
Women&Islam Mid East to 1900
Ottoman Empire in 19th Century
The Middle East 570 to 1800 CE
Modern Middle East, 1918-1945
Modern Middle East, 1945-1991
Lebanon in Modern Middle East
The US in the Middle East
Arab Americans Since 1890
Bible in History
Feminism & Mod. Mid. East
Culture& Hist. in Mod. Iran
Arab American Identities
Middle Eastern Diasporas
Political Science
Two courses any POL 300/400; 3000/4000 level6
Additional Economics, Geography, or Political Science
One course any ECON, GEOG, or POL 300/400; 3000/4000 level3
Students must also complete six credit hours in upper level cognate courses from any CASL discipline (excluding ECON, GEOG, HIST, POL, MATH 385, MATH 386, MATH 387); or Education courses (EDA and EDC only).6
Total Credit Hours39

For Secondary Education Certification Students

Please see the College of Education, Health, and Human Services secondary certification section for specific courses required.


  1. At least 15 of the 27 upper level credit hours required for the major must be elected at UM-Dearborn.