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Social Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Dr. Patrick Donnay (Coordinator;

Areas of Study

Social Studies educates students for democracy. An interdisciplinary social science major, it draws from 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.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Recommended Activities
Teaching Assistant

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, History, or Political Science.

Career Directions

Civil Service
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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