Social Studies for Middle Childhood (minor)

What you will study

The student of social studies learns to identify culturally grounded assumptions that have influenced the perception and behavior of people in the past; she can also identify those that influence her own perceptions and behavior. She studies and critiques the theories, concepts, and assumptions that historians and social scientists have used to create interpretations of the past.

Through her coursework she learns to use theories and frameworks to organize, synthesize, and communicate her own interpretation of history and society. Finally, she designs learning and assessment experiences appropriate to elementary/middle school students.

Students in social studies take courses from the areas of history, sociology, and education.

Social Studies Elem Ed-Middle School Beginning
GLS-200Introduction to Global Studies3
Social Studies Elem Ed-Middle School Intermediate
HS-308US History 1607-19004
HS-309US in 20th Century4
HS-250Ancient World Cultures & Civilizations4
or HS-251 Making of the Modern World
POL-225American Politics4
Social Studies Elem Ed-Middle School Advanced
Take one of the following:4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
GLS-370World Geography: People, Places & Change3

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.