Social Studies

Help young learners understand the social forces that shape our society. From the study of history to understanding how our government works, social studies curriculum is essential for young citizens.

This program will train you in the latest strategies for teaching students about the important cultural, economic, geographic, political and social dimensions of human society, with an emphasis on evidence-based lessons and creative projects that enhance learning.

A bachelor’s degree in social studies with elementary teacher certification will prepare you to teach all subjects in grades K-5 with the option to become certified to teach social studies subjects in grades 6-8 upon meeting endorsement requirements. Plus, with successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.

Dearborn Discovery Core

Please see the Dearborn Discovery Core (General Education) webpage or additional information.

Foundational Studies

Writing and 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

Core Course Requirements

Language Arts
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
EXPS 298Exploring Writing to Communicate, Learn, & Teach3
LING 280Introduction to Linguistics3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
or EDA 236 Literacy in Grades 3-9
Social Studies
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
or EDM 292 The world around us: Integrated world geography for upper elementary teachers
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
MATH 386Math for Elem Teachers II3
MATH 387Math for Elem Teachers III (Not required for the Early Childhood major.)3
Science Studies
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science 13
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science 13
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science 13
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
Not required for the Early Childhood major.
Total Credit Hours39

Two of the three NSCI core courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn. A) an introductory physical science will satisfy NSCI 231, B) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy NSCI 232, and C) an introductory life science course will satisfy NSCI 233.

BIOL 240/BIOL 242 and NSCI 120/NSCI 121 cannot be used for science credit.

Pre-Professional Requirements

Pre-professional courses are generally completed in the freshman and sophomore year.  

EDA 205Introduction to Education3
or EDA 200 Social Justice & Community Based Education
EDA 419Early Literacy/Language Devel3
or EDA 219 Early Literacy: PreKindergarten to Grade 3
Required for Early Childhood and Special Education Majors only
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDF 450Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Families3
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
EXPS 407Inquiry-based Math and Science3
Required for Early Childhood Majors only
Total Credit Hours21

Major Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester hours from the following:

Required Courses
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
HIST 101The World to 1500 CE3
HIST 103The World Since 1500 CE3
HIST 112The American Past II3
HIST 3601Michigan History3
POL 101American Politics3
POL 371Problems in Intl Politics3
or POL 471 American Foreign Policy I
or POL 472 American Foreign Policy II
URS 300Urban and Regional Studies3
300 Level GEOG Elective
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
Total Credit Hours36

Major Notes:

  1. 12 semester hours required at UM-Dearborn.
  2. 9 semester hours at 300 level or above required.

Program Notes:

  1. Minimum GPA's are required for program completion: 2.75 cumulative, 2.75 in major, 2.75 in optional minor(s), and 2.75 in Professional Studies.
  2. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once per year and in the term prior to graduation.
  3. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  4. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 128.
  5. CEHHS recommends successful program completers for State of Michigan Certification, however, it is ultimately up to the State of Michigan to issue certificates.  Certain offenses on a criminal record can keep individuals from obtaining teacher certification.  Please refer to The Revised School Code, Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1539b.
  6. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.