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What are the required Social Studies courses?
There are no required courses for meeting the social studies requirement. Students must earn at least three credits in social studies that are aligned with Michigan K-12 Standards for Social Studies. Students may earn this credit in traditional courses, but they may also earn credit through courses that integrate the social studies standards. For more information, see the Michigan Merit Curriculum: Social Studies Course/Credit Requirements.
The legislation also requires districts to provide students with opportunities to learn all the Social Studies content expectations, including those addressing economics, regardless of course names.
Legislation requires "that the high school social studies content standards developed by the Michigan Department of Education include the content covered by the federal naturalization test." How did MDE make sure this content is addressed ?
MDE completed a crosswalk of the 100 Citizenship questions and the Social Studies Content Expectations. Seventy-nine of the citizenship questions are already included in the Social Studies Content Expectations. The other 21 questions are either rote memorization, have different answers in different parts of the state, or change over time. Schools and teachers addressing the Social Studies Content Expectations with appropriate detail will address all content on the Citizenship test.
Legislation requires "that Michigan's social studies curriculum and statewide assessment program include instruction and testing about genocides, including the Holocaust." How does MDE address this ?
Michigan's current Social Studies Content Expectations already include the Holocaust, "the genocides of Armenians, Roma’s (Gypsies), and Jews, and the mass exterminations of Ukrainians and Chinese," and "-causes of and responses to ethnic cleansing/genocide/mass extermination (e.g., Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia)." Schools and teachers addressing the Social Studies Content Expectations with appropriate detail will address content on the genocides, including the Holocaust.
Can the three social studies credits be modified by a Personal Curriculum?
What the Michigan Merit Curriculum Law Says About Social Studies:
At least three credits in social science that are aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the state board under section 1278b, including completion of at least one credit in United States history and geography, one credit in world history and geography, .5 credit in economics, and the civics course described in section 1166(2). The .5 credit economics requirement may be satisfied by completion of at least a .5 credit course in personal economics that includes a financial literacy component as described in section 1165 if that course covers the subject area content expectations for economics developed by the Department and approved by the state board under section 1278b.