Minor in Social Studies Education

The purpose of this minor is to provide elementary and secondary education students with a broad-based background in social studies.

The coursework will draw primarily from the content areas of history, geography, political science, sociology and economics and is aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards and the National Council for the Social Studies Thematic Standards. In addition, students will be required to experience one education course dealing with the actual teaching of the social studies at either the elementary or secondary level.

Minor Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to a teacher education program.
  • This minor will require a total of five social studies content courses (aside from the required methods course), which have been grouped according to the following themes: Civic Competence, Cultural Heritage, Geographic Literacy, Global Competence, and either Economic Literacy or Social Justice.
  • Courses must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher and a cumulative minor GPA of at least 2.75.
  • At least half of the courses must be taken at Elmhurst College. Credits must total at least 18 semester hours including category VII.
  • POL 201 American Federal Government
  • **HIS 301 American History Before 1865
  • **HIS 302 The United States from 1865 to the Present
    or **HIS 304 The United States in the Twentieth Century
  • GEO 111 Regional Study of the Modern Industrial World
  • GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World
  • GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World
  • GEO 311 Regional Study of Europe
  • GEO 317 Regional Study of Latin America
  • HIS 116 Survey of Non-Western Civilization
  • HIS 170 Latin American History: Civilization and Culture
  • HIS 204 History of the Middle East
  • HIS 306 The Indigenous People of Latin America
  • HIS 364 History of the Far East
  • POL 302 Politics of Developing Nations
  • POL 303 Politics of the Middle East
  • POL 306 Politics of International Relations
  • REL 240 World Religions: General Introduction
  • SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology

Select at least one course from either Category V or Category VI:

  • ECO 210 Introduction to Microeconomics
    or ECO 211 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education 
  • **HIS 301 American History Before 1865
  • **HIS 302 The United States from 1865 to the Present
  • **HIS 304 The United States in the Twentieth Century
  • HIS 305 Imperialism and Colonialism
  • HON 304 Facing History and Ourselves
  • ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
  • ICS 395 Civil Rights Movements: U.S. and South Africa
  • REL 242 Issues in Islam: Gender, Politics and Human Rights
  • REL 332 Theology, Ethics and Health Care
  • REL 371/EDU 380 South Africa: Service and Interdisciplinary Study
  • SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
  • SOC 305 Sex and Gender in Society
  • SOC 310 Social Inequality
  • WL 215 Genocide and the Holocaust
  • ELM 341 Primary Classroom Methods in Elementary Mathematics, Science and Social Science

and

  • ELM 382 Intermediate Classroom Methods in Elementary Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences
    or ***SEC 425 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary Schools (.50 credit)

**HIS 301, HIS 302 and HIS 304 cannot be used for Category VI if already used for Category II.

***Requires admittance to a program in the Department of Education or instructor permission.

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