Buena Vista University

Social Science

No species has affected and changed its environment as much as man. We cover the globe, building institutions, creating communities, reshaping the land, and manipulating flora and fauna to meet our needs. While several of the hard sciences consider these factors, social science steps in where measurement of man's actions becomes the deciding principle. As part of the social science major, you learn how to formulate theories and use measurement and statistics to prove your point. The social science major combines courses in economics, history, political science, and sociology.  Education students may major in Social Science to get teaching licensure in this area.

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Courses of study

Major in Social Science with teaching Licensure (5-12): 60 credit hours

A major in history with teaching licensure (5-12)
15 credit hours in 2 of the following: political science, economics, sociology, or psychology
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Recommended support work:

GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World or GEOG 201 World Regional Geography of the Developing World or GEOG 300 Human & Cultural Geography

All Social Science Interdisciplinary package with teaching licensure (5-12):

American history: 9 credit hours

HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877
Any American history elective, 300 level or above

World history: 9 credit hours

HIST 111 World Civilizations I or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilizations
HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
HIST 125 Asian Civilizations

Government: 9 credit hours

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
Any PSCN elective, 300 level or above
Psychology (other than educational psychology): 6 credit hours
PSYC 100 General Psychology
Any PSYC elective

Sociology: 6 credit hours

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
Any SOCI elective

Geography: 6 credit hours

GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World
GEOG 201World Regional Geography of the Developing World (or an approved course from another institution)
GEOG 300 Human and Cultural Geography (or an approved course from another institution)

Business Economics: 6 credit hours

ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
Note: In order to obtain this endorsement, one must complete the entire all social science endorsement program. If one is not choosing to add the all social science endorsement, one may add other social science endorsements to any social science major by completing 15 credit hours in each discipline area. (See social science major).

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