Social Studies Education


If you’re fascinated by history and other social sciences (geography, government, economics) and enjoy sharing what you’ve learned, consider a social studies education major. Our program prepares you to teach social studies at the middle and high school levels.

In this program, you will . . .

  • Study the history of the United States and the world in-depth
  • Make connections between historical events and political, economic, sociological, and cultural factors
  • Learn how to make diverse subjects accessible and interesting to middle and high school students

Along with adolescent and educational psychology courses, you’ll take education courses that provide practical training in . . .

  • Discipline, classroom management, and teaching methods for middle and high school classrooms
  • Forms of assessment
  • Social studies education approaches

Social studies education students take additional history electives and complete one of the following concentrations:

  • Economics: Learn how economics works on the local, national, and international levels and how it interacts with other areas of society.
  • Geographical Perspectives: Learn how geography has impacted history and the development and expansion of civilization.
  • Government and Citizenship: Gain an understanding of the functions of government and citizens’ roles and responsibilities.
  • Psychology: Study the inner workings of the mind and earn additional certification to teach psychology in secondary schools.
  • Sociology: Study the building blocks of societies—culture, philosophy, family structure, etc.—and how societal differences impact inter-societal relations.

All social studies education students spend a full semester their senior year teaching domestically or abroad. The semester is split between two placements in different schools, teaching different grade levels.

In addition to preparing you for a teaching career, this major provides a strong foundation for careers in public history, museums, living history centers, and archival collections.

See the curriculum guide.