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Education at Aquinas College

Social Studies major for elementary certification

  • HY101
  • HY102
  • HY161
  • HY162 (GP)
  • GY120 (GP)
  • GY130
  • GY140 SS1/SS2, GP
  • GY302 SS1/SS2
  • PS101
  • PS150 (GP)
  • PS205
  • ES211
  • ES212
  • EN450 as a methods elective
  • One course from
    • HY211
    • HY212
    • HY213
  • One course from
    • HY221
    • HY260
    • HY303


  • HY101 American History to 1877 (3) HP

    A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction.

  • HY102 American History since 1877 (3) HP

    A survey of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War era to the present.

  • HY161 World History to 1500 (3) HP

    Survey of World History from the advent of settled farming communities until the maritime revolution of the fifteenth century (roughly 10,000 BC–AD 1500). Special topics covered include prehistory, the advent of civilization, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the social-political organizations of pre-modern societies and the emergence of the world’s great religious traditions.

  • HY162 World History since 1500 (3) HP, (GP)

    Survey of World History from 1500 to the present. Major topics covered include the development of the scientific world view, the industrial revolution, imperialism, revolutionary movements, modern ideologies, world war, decolonization, and the Cold War.

  • GY120 Human Geography (4) (SS1/SS2) (GP)

    The geographic subfield of Human Geography discusses and interprets the role of human beings as they are distributed across the surface of the earth. This is a far-ranging field of inquiry that incorporates information from the traditional social scientific realms of economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology into a spatial analysis of the world around us. Given the nature of the topic, this course will be introductory in nature and examine the breadth of cultural geographic thought.

  • GY/HY130 Geography and History of Michigan (3) (SS1/SS2)

    An examination of the history and geography of Michigan from its beginnings through contemporary times, emphasizing the political, economic and social developments as they occurred across the changing physical and cultural landscape of the state. Special Note: Not open to students who have HY235 credit. This course is not accepted for the General Education Humanities requirement.

  • GY140 World Regional Geography (3) (SS1/SS2) (GP)

    An introduction to human and physical geography by use of the world regional approach. Fundamental geographic concepts and ideas (regional economic development, global systems, spatial diffusion) are presented in different regional contexts.

  • GY302 Geography of U.S./Canada (3) (SS1/SS2)

    Study of United States and Canada considering regional differences in physical environment, resource base, population characteristics, and settlement patterns; emphasis on human response to environment. Prerequisite: GY120.

  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the power, structures and functions of the American Government and Political System. Fundamental is a critical examination of the institutions and players who interact in the processes of American politics.

  • PS150 The World in Crisis (3) SS1/SS2, GP

    Introduction to the dynamics of global interaction and international relations. Developing of a basic understanding of the international system and modes of conflict and cooperation in international problem areas such as Bosnia, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Chiapas, East Los Angeles, Haiti, Somalia, American Embassies, Tokyo subways, Iraq, Kuwait, Arab-Israeli relations, human rights violations, armed conflict, poverty, environmental degradation, religious confrontation and diplomacy.

  • PS205 State Government and Politics (3)

    Introduction of the institutions and politics of state governments with special emphasis on Michigan

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the economic behavior of households and firms, economic outcomes under various market structures, market failures, and international trade.

  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the business cycle (fluctuations in national income and employment) and inflation; basics of international finance.

  • EN450/EN550 Methods in Social Studies (3)

    Offered spring semester. Appropriate education method elective for secondary candidates with a major or minor in history, political science, geography or economics. Strategy for organizing and teaching Social Studies in a creative, challenging, and compassionate manner. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate.

  • HY211 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3) HP

    Development of the American colonies from the 16th century through the American Revolution. Special topics include the relationship of the colonies to the British colonial system, relationships among the diverse peoples of America, the causes, events, ideas, main developments of the American Revolution from 1763-1789.

  • HY212 The Early American Republic, 1789-1850 (3) HP

    Development of the United States from the end of the American Revolution to the middle of the nineteenth century. Special topics include the emergence of political parties, the Second Great Awakening, the expansion of slavery and opposition to it, the Mexican War and the growing divide between North and South.

  • HY213 The Civil War and Reconstruction 1850-1877 (3) HP

    Military, social and political history of the United States in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

  • HY221 History of Asia (3) HP

    This course examines the cultural, economic, political, and religious development of East Asian civilizations from ancient times until today, with an emphasis on China, Korea, and Japan. Throughout the semester we will examine the ways in which patterns of East Asian political systems, cultural values, religions and social structures developed during the modern era. We will also explore each country’s distinct identity, the modernization process, and the fate of traditional institutions, systems, and customs.

  • HY260 Ancient History (3) HP

    An investigation of the political, social, and cultural history of Greece and Rome from the Late Bronze Age until the fall of the Roman Empire. Topics covered include the emergence of city-states, the golden age of the fifth century, the Peloponnesian Wars, Alexander the Great, evolution of Roman government, the Punic Wars, the Civil Wars, the Pax Romana, the rise of Christianity, and the decline of the Western Empire.

  • HY303 The History of China (3)

    A study of the cultural, political, and economic development of China with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Special topics include Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.-China relations.