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Social Science Education Major

Become a social science high school teacher

Do you love studying history and have a passion for teaching others? SBU's social science education degree will equip you to become a history teacher at the secondary education level (grades 9-12) with a core of history courses.

The need is great for qualified social science teachers who also are dedicated to viewing teaching as a ministry and will be good role models for today's young students.

The Social Science Education degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Major Map (PDF)

Degree Plan

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The SBU Advantage

  • Field experience opportunities begin as early as your freshman year and culminate with a student teaching experience your senior year, providing valuable real-world experiences and networking opportunities.
  • Study from a multi-disciplinary, broad curriculum which will thoroughly prepare you for your career while also challenging you to treat your profession as a mission field.
  • Benefit from highly qualified faculty in both the history/political science and education disciplines.

Faith Integration

The faith perspective distinguishes SBU's social science education degree. History and political science faculty will challenge you to use a "3-D approach" by considering the body, mind and soul. 

As a social science education major, you will be challenged to not hide your faith but to consider your classroom as a mission field. Teachers should be instruments of God's grace and truth-bearers and SBU faculty are committed to raising up Christ-centered teachers who are servant leaders.


Social science education graduates are serving as high school teachers and coaches in public schools, private schools and other educational institutions across the region including:

  • Bolivar High School
  • Diamond High School
  • North Kansas City Schools
  • Reeds Spring High School

Graduate Schools

An advantage to studying education at SBU is the access to SBU's distinguished graduate studies in education. Many students begin their teaching careers while simultaneously pursuing further education at SBU with one of the following degree programs:

Student Missouri State Teachers Association

As a social science education major, you are encouraged to join SBU's chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) to benefit from professional development and networking opportunities as you prepare for your future teaching career.

Social Science Education Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
HIS 1113 Introduction to the History of World Civilization I 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
HIS 1123 Introduction to the History of World Civilization II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
HIS 2213 U.S. History I 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

HIS 2223 U.S. History II 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
EDU 2113 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education 3
  Modern World History Elective 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
Total hours 18


Fall Semester

  U.S. History Elective 3
EDU 3043 Learner Development and the Classroom 3
EDU 2823 Technology for Educators 3
EDU 2141 Field Experience I 1
GEO 1103 Geography 3
SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

  Ancient/Medieval History Elective 3
EDU 3333 Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction 3
EDU 3341 Field Experience II 1
  U.S. History Elective 3
POL 2223 American State and Local Government 3
EDU 4542 Methods of Teaching Social Science in Middle and Secondary Schools 2
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDU 3613 Content Area Literacy 3
  U.S. History Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners 2
EDU 4623 Teaching Diverse Learners 3
EDU 4949 Student Teaching in Secondary School 10
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Social Science Education Plan (PDF)