Social Studies Major (A)

Though the course of study in social studies is primarily aimed at preparing candidates for a life of service as teachers, it also is very helpful to those seeking preparation for law or other leadership positions in the church and world. Students will acquire the ability to use important concepts that describe and explain individual and human characteristics, both now and in the past. They will learn and develop skills in observing and analyzing a wide range of social behavior, as well as gain an understanding of the ways in which social structure and rules both frustrate and enhance individual perceptions. In addition, they will develop critical skills that will help them to gather and communicate social information. They will learn the major social and behavioral science concepts and skills and therefore become more effective leaders and servants. Finally, the curriculum places a strong emphasis on participation in society as productive citizens, ones who are able to "rule and be ruled finely" as people of God in the world.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Apply key social science concepts in a variety of situations
  • Develop coherent historical narratives based on appropriate evidence
  • Analyze public issues using social science concepts and historical connections
  • Formulate solutions to public issues and social problems based on frameworks that incorporate multiple social sciences and historical narratives
  • Use social science and historical research processes to contribute to the discussion and formulation of social policy
  • Participate actively in public life as an effective citizen with a servant-leader's perspective


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements39
Minor Required (minimum 18 credits)18
Total Hours120
Required Courses
ECON 222Macroeconomics3
ECON 231Microeconomics3
GEOG 220Cultural Geography3
GEOG XXX Geography Elective3
HIST 153American Civilization3
HIST 161History and Worldviews of the Western World3
POLS 201American Government3
POLS XXX Choose any upper level political science3
HIST 490History Seminar3
Electives - Choose a minimum of 12 credits from courses with the following prefixes:12
General Psychology
Recommended SOC Course:
Urban Society
Total Hours39