Program Description

As a student in Mayville State University's Social Science programs, you'll be preparing yourself for a bright future. Mayville State's social science students receive an extensive background in history, political science, economics, geography, and sociology. This base of knowledge helps to prepare you to understand today's rapidly changing society.

Student Quote

"If you are looking for a university with a great Social Science department, then Mayville State is the place for you. Mayville State has exceptional professors who are knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, and they deliver their materials in a manner that is easy to understand. I am certain that if you attend Mayville State to study Social Science, you will receive the knowledge you need to make you successful in your future occupation."     -Micah


Preparation for graduate school and numerous career opportunities is easily completed here at MSU. There are six background areas that you may learn about throughout your time in the classroom.

Cooperative teaching and internships are learning experiences that are available to you. Such opportunities may be offered in area schools, and internships may occur in a number of different settings.

Education students meet state requirements in six teaching areas in the social sciences by completing 6 additional semester hours in the areas of sociology and psychology, above and beyond the core requirements for the Social Science Composite for teaching major.

Career Opportunities

  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Teaching

Social Science Majors

Social Science Minors


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science Education, Composite Social Science Education). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Enrollment Center with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either Misti Wuori (, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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