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History Education

History student Kim Hannah in history education class

College of Arts and Sciences

Social Studies Education Program

Department of History


Preparing Tomorrow’s Social Studies Teachers

The secondary history education program produces middle and high school teachers who are dedicated to transforming the lives of future generations through teaching social studies. Our graduates are committed to helping adolescents become informed, engaged and caring citizens, knowing that these same students will be the history makers of tomorrow. Our goal is to inspire our future educators to teach passionately and knowledgeably so that all students are included in the mosaic of the past, present and future. This commitment, combined with rigorous program standards, enables our graduates to secure teaching jobs throughout the Eastern Seaboard, the nation and abroad.

Areas of study

  • American History and Culture
  • World History and Culture
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Civic Engagement in the Past, Present and Future
  • Teaching and Motivating Adolescents in a Diverse Society
  • Educational Technology for Teaching Social Studies

Career Options

  • High/Middle School Teaching
  • School Administration
  • Museum Education and Research
  • School Counseling
  • Human Resources
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Graduate Programs

  • History
  • Masters in Secondary Special Education (4+1 Program)
  • Social Sciences
  • Educational Leadership
  • Law
  • School Counseling
  • Museum Studies

What’s special about this program?


Effective social studies teaching requires extensive content knowledge in different areas of social studies as well as teaching skills. Our strong emphasis on pedagogy and content knowledge prepares our teacher candidates to teach history as well as the other social science disciplines, including civics, economics, psychology, sociology and geography. Even before they begin student teaching our candidates complete over 75 hours of classroom experience tutoring, mentoring and teaching adolescents in local secondary schools. In their senior year candidates participate in a year-long placement in the middle or high school where they will complete their student teaching.

Get involved


E. Lyman Stewart Internship

Various Scholarships & Awards from the History Department and from UCTE (University Council for Teacher Education)

History Club

Phi Alpha Theta (International Honor Society in History)

SET (Secondary Educators of Tomorrow)

Sample curriculum


Introduction to Microeconomics



Seminar in Composition



Western Civilization I or II or World History I or II






Introduction to American Politics




General Psychology



First Year Experience

University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course


  History Elective



Introduction to Macroeconomics



Teaching Exceptional Adolescents



World Regional Geography




Western Civilization I or II/World History I or II

History Methods Seminar






University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course




Diversity in Secondary Education



Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology

Second Writing Course



History Elective Course



Geography Elective Course



Social Studies Course


  University Breadth Course



Student Teaching



Reading in the Content Area



Social Studies Methods

Integrating Technology into Social Studies Teaching



Student Teaching seminar



History 300 or 400 Level Courses



Political Science Course


  Social Studies Elective

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