Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy can choose to concentrate on either logic and the history of philosophy or religious studies. Coursework in the Philosophy Department includes classes on ethics, argumentation and debate, law, logic, Eastern philosophy, Biblical thought, ancient and modern philosophy, war and peace studies and comparative religions.
The program provides students with a background in philosophical ideas, supplemented with strong training in a collateral area. General program requirements permit students to create programs that will prepare them for training in law, theology, planning and social service careers, or for further specialized training leading to teaching or research. Students planning to major in Philosophy should inform the Department as early as possible so that joint planning may produce a coherent program in the major field and in collateral areas.
Undergraduate Degree in History
The Bachelor of Arts in History serves Plymouth State students in learning about and preparing for a range of professions, sharpening skills that enhance comprehension and communication, providing academically challenging and rigorous courses, developing self-understanding and respectful awareness of diverse ways of life, and growing toward constructive citizenship in a pluralistic society.
History is a founding field in higher education. Any well-educated college graduate should have facility with historical skills and knowledge. The skills of history—writing, research, analysis, critical reading, critical thinking—are flexible and broadly cross-applicable. All PSU graduates should have knowledge of the past and how it shapes the present and future. We are committed to making our own and student-produced history available to local, state, and regional audiences.
Undergraduate Degree in Social Studies Education
The BS in Social Studies Education program leads to certification to teach social studies in grades 5 through 12. Because the prospective social studies teacher must be proficient in a number of disciplines, the Social Studies Education curriculum requires a depth of understanding from a broad panorama of social and cultural experience.
Social studies is at the center of a good school curriculum because it is where students learn to see and interpret the world. Future social studies educators must be prepared to think deeply, critically, and adapt instruction to promote students’ understanding in a complex and ever-changing world.
Generally, “social studies” is considered an amalgamation of disciplines in history, government, economics, geography, and behavioral sciences. As such, pre-service teachers must be prepared to teach the unique literacies of each discipline and work to promote understanding within (depth) and across (breadth) disciplines. This is no small task as social studies teachers accept the awesome responsibility to help young people develop as enlightened and engaged democratic citizens in a culturally diverse society, and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good.