History Major With Social Studies Emphasis

Inspire a Generation of World-Changers 

As a graduate of the history program with an emphasis in social studies, you’ll have the opportunity to teach middle school and high school students about history—and our world now. In this program, you’ll gain a foundation of the social sciences to pursue certification to teach social studies in secondary schools.*

The complexity of topics such as culture, religion, and government is changing the dynamics of education. Middle and high school students need teachers who can communicate these topics effectively and compassionately. This program will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of these topics and how to deliver them in a classroom of your own. Now more than ever, teachers are needed to inspire their students to create positive changes in our communities and throughout the world. 

Rooted in its core Lasallian heritage, Saint Mary’s empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. At Saint Mary’s, you’ll be prepared to lead and teach with character and integrity in an ever-changing world. 

*Students pursuing Social Studies teaching licensure should simultaneously major in Secondary Education if they wish to meet certification requirements in four years; students can also major in History: Social Studies alone and pursue a master’s degree in teaching upon graduation. Saint Mary’s K-12 teaching programs are designed to prepare students to seek elementary and secondary teaching licensure in the state of Minnesota. Licensure requirements are subject to change; therefore, students considering teaching in this area should be in continuous contact with the coordinator of this program and the School of Education for a list of required courses.

For more information about this program and licensure in MN and other jurisdictions, visit our Professional Licensure page.

Course Topics 

Your courses will not only focus on history, but cover relevant topics surrounding social studies, including: 

  • Growing interactions between varying political, economic, social, and cultural traditions
  • The discipline of history; skills of thinking historically and analyzing historical evidence 
  • U.S. political system; the Constitution, institutions, and processes of the federal government 
  • Human growth and development across the life span
  • Nature and foundations of society and the individual
  • Geography; statistics; religion; psychology