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Social Studies Secondary Education

Do you have a desire to support young people in discovering the origins and complexities of societies, power and cultures of the world? As a social studies secondary education major, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach in the five areas of the social studies: culture, economics, geography, history and politics.

Social studies secondary education provides a unique opportunity to engage you in the diverse histories of the world, support social and cultural understanding and promote civic competence and engagement. The social studies secondary education major is an interdisciplinary program that provides you with a breadth of social studies content through introductory courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

In four years, you will not only have completed the requirements for graduation, but also for teacher certification in West Virginia. Social studies secondary education majors will also complete a full semester of student teaching at a local public school. Most graduates have gone on to teach in secondary classrooms. Other alumni have pursued advanced degrees in history, public administration, education administration or special education. 

How will I focus my studies?

You may choose a related minor to further your studies, including but not limited to: anthropology, English, geography or political science. To gain experience and meet others with similar interests, social studies secondary education majors are encouraged join the History Club, the Philosophy Club or become members of the National Council for the Social Studies. 

Kelly McCardle, Wheeling, W.Va.

Major: Social Studies Secondary Education 
Minor: Special Education

Kelly McCardleSophomore Kelly McCardle has always aspired to be a teacher. “I had an amazing history teacher, Mr. Galik, who taught 1914-1945 (Nazi Germany) and AP Human Geography. I was amazed that I didn’t know all of this information about the world around me. Mr. Galik inspired me to teach others and make a difference.” 

Kelly appreciates the support and mentorship she receives in the social studies secondary education major, especially from adviser Hal Gorby. “We are so prepared for teaching specific content. I really feel I’m in great hands under Dr. Gorby, who cares so much about his students and keeps us informed.”

Learn more at the Social Studies Secondary Education site