Social Studies

Western Michigan University's social studies major offers students opportunities to pursue broad, interdisciplinary approaches to social science perspectives. The major provides students with exposure to courses that will prepare them for teaching and non-teaching careers. The major will also supply the content foundation necessary for students hoping to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) and apply for the new Western Michigan University MAT program.

This program will provide you with:

  • An internship opportunity
  • Broad, interdisciplinary preparation necessary for both teaching and non-teaching careers

Beyond the classroom

As a social studies student at Western, you will be required to complete 64 to 65 credits in the major with no minor necessary. Included in the coursework is a 3-credit internship. You can also gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities through student and community organizations, including Phi Alpha Theta, the Department of History's honor society.

After you graduate

Western graduates with degrees in social studies are working as:

  • Secondary school teachers
  • Post-secondary school teachers
  • Museum and public history professionals
  • Market research analysts
  • Attorneys
  • Business professionals

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Schools
  • Museums and public history institutions
  • Law firms

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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