Social Studies Teaching

The social studies teaching major 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


Traditional undergraduate students that receive financial aid, like scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study employment.

Students participating in trips spanning six continents, 102 countries, and 27 states through our Tri-S Program.

Students in both undergraduate and graduate studies who are experiencing Real Life: Together.

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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.