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    Social Studies
    MS-B1805
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2434

    Steven Jongewaard
    Department Chair
    651-523-2434
    sjongewaard@hamline.edu

  • Social Studies

    The social studies major provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of people and their institutions. The ultimate goal of social studies is citizenship education and the development of civic competence. Drawing on Hamline’s strong social science departments, this major is designed to engage the student in the content, concepts, skills and methodologies of each discipline, that is, the structure of the disciplines. The scope and sequence of the major across these four dimensions follows and generally exceeds guidelines established by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the major research and policy development association in this licensure area.

    Three groups of students are likely to major in social studies: 

    1) those seeking secondary (grades 5-12) licensure as future social studies teachers, 

    2) elementary licensure candidates adding social studies for their middle school (grades 5-8) content specialty area, and 

    3) liberal arts students who want a cross-disciplinary major in the social sciences.

    For licensure purposes, this major must comply with licensure standards (Standards of Effective Practice for Beginning Teachers or SEPBT) and content standards developed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching (patterned after the NCSS standards).

    Over time, these licensure standards and rules can change based on new initiatives by the Board of Teaching, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota State Legislature. In addition, our national accreditation body, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), can affect the content and structure of the major. Therefore, it is important that interested students be in close touch with the program director for advising purposes.

     

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    • Senior Jenna Potter, an English major and German and communications double minor at Hamline, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Hamburg, Germany. Senior Libby Otto named as alternate to Norway.
    • A group of 43 undergraduate students and faculty attended the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Lexington, KY from April 2 through April 5. Students presented 35 different projects that resulted from their collaborative research at Hamline.
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