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Social Studies Teaching

The social studies teaching major at Anderson University is designed for students wanting to teach social studies at the middle or high school level. Students must complete specific courses in professional education and in three teaching fields:

  • historical perspectives
  • government and citizenship
  • a third area chosen from sociology or economics


A flexible degree that can be earned entirely online, entirely in-classroom, or a combination of the two.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in as little as three years or an Associate's degree in as little as two. Complete your degree online or in-person.

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This program is interdisciplinary.

The major requires coursework through the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science and education coursework in partnership with the School of Education.


What classes will I take?

  • Methods of Teaching Social Studies
  • Principles of Geography
  • American Civilization I
  • History of World Civilization
  • Introduction to Politics
  • State and Local Government

View the courses required for the Social Studies Teaching major.


What experiences will I have?

In preparing for careers as social studies educators, students participate in classroom observations as well as a semester of student teaching. Students may also volunteer for organizations like College Mentors for Kids in a variety of capacities that both serve the community and broaden their experience in working with young people.

Our Faculty

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Paula Auler

Rebekah Baker

Rebekah Baker

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Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Anna Epperly

Anna Epperly

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Dr. Michael Frank

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Judith Gibson

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Dr. David Thomas Murphy

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Dr. Abigail S. Post

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Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers

Katy Sample

Katy Sample

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Dr. Joel D. Shrock

Michael Tatom

Michael Tatom

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Jeffrey Trotter

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Joyce Wehneman