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Social Studies

College of Social and Natural Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Faculty

Dr. Patrick Donnay (Coordinator; pdonnay@bemidjistate.edu), Dr. Mike Garrett


Areas of Study


Social Studies educates students for democracy. An interdisciplinary social science major, it draws from anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

The Bachelor of Science, Teacher Licensure major prepares students for a career at the secondary level and requires a passion for both the subject matter and for teaching. Geography, history, and political science form the "matrix" for social studies education. To increase their employability, students are encouraged to take a second major or minor in a social studies discipline. Students interested in Social Studies as a major or minor should meet as early as possible with the coordinator.

The Bachelor of Arts major prepares students for employment in a broad number of careers. This major offers breadth in background and content combined with applied skills development in the areas of the social sciences.


Preparation

See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
History
Geography
Economics
Recommended Activities
Teaching Assistant
Speech

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major, e.g., Geography and Political Science.

Career Directions

Civil Service
Education
Journalism
Parochial Curriculum Development
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.


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