Social Sciences Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate is designed for high school teachers who already have a B.A. and need the credentials required by the Higher Learning Commission to teach history and political science courses for lower-division college level credit.

Students in this certificate program will acquire 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the fields of history and political science. The courses are spread over a two-year period, as shown in the schedule below.

In addition, the program allows students to explore history and political science in greater depth, and to prepare themselves for masters-level graduate degrees in these fields. The transferability of these courses towards a specific master's degree is not guaranteed, and would depend on the individual masters programs.

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Schedule of Classes

Summer 2017: POLS 501, Theories of Political Science

Fall 2017: HIST 511, Modern European History

Spring 2018: HIST 501, Early American History

Summer 2018: POLS 505, American Government

Fall 2018: HIST 510, Early European History

Spring 2019: HIST 502, Late American History

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Graduate Tuition Rates

Tuition and fees

How to Apply

For information on the application process, see our application checklist.

If you're interested in learning more about this certificate, contact Dr. Jessica Herrick, Head of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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Gainful Employment

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Learning Outcomes

All CMU program completers are expected to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, communication fluency, quantitative fluency, and specialized knowledge/applied learning. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, all recipients of a Social Sciences Graduate Certificate will be able to:

  1. Contribute to scholarly advancement in the chosen field by completing projects individually and collaboratively (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  2. Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline-specific theories and methods, for specified audiences (communication fluency);
  3. Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives (critical thinking); and
  4. Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources (information literacy)


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