Social Studies


A Social Studies degree provides a broad exposure to the different fields of the social sciences: History, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, and Geography. This major often serves as a companion double major with Economics, History, International Relations, or Political Science. These areas are sciences in that they rely upon the scientific method of investigation. They are related to the humanities in that they focus upon the study of human persons and the human condition, as found in both individuals and society.

IWU's Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Studies program is ideal for those who are searching for the causal roots of human problems or their potential solutions. Teaching, politics, law, ministry, nursing, journalism, business, and social work are all intimately connected to the social sciences. Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science degree for quick entry into the workforce and a foundation for further education.

If you are ready to examine, analyze, and better understand God's world and those created in his image, then we invite you to explore majoring in Social Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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In addition to the courses above, 3 credit hours of electives are required in each of the areas below:

  • HST (Historical Perspectives; 300- or 400-level; to identify possible courses, see catalog course descriptions for courses that count toward a History major)
  • POL (Government)
  • POL (Government; 300- or 400-level)
  • PSY (Psychology; 300- or 400-level)
  • SOC (Sociology; upper- or lower-level)
  • SOC (Sociology; 300- or 400-level)
  • ECO (Economics; 300- or 400-level)

* EDU-240, PSY-150, PSY-276, and ECO-213 duplicate general education or professional education requirements.


IWU's Social Studies faculty members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the social sciences. While some instructors will define their discipline as a social science, others as a behavioral science, and still others as part of the humanities, they all share a common commitment to studying human beings and the human condition, both socially and individually.

All of our faculty members are highly qualified and hold advanced degrees in their respective disciplines. They are fully committed to academic excellence, student learning, and Christian service. Through teaching and mentoring, they endeavor to challenge students to examine, analyze, and understand God's world, especially those created in his image.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that person.

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David Bartley; MA, PhD Professor; History | Div Chair; Social Sciences View Profile
David Burden; MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History View Profile
Jonathan Conrad; MA, PhD Professor; Political Science View Profile
Christopher Coy; MA Asst Prof; Biology View Profile
Betty Jane Fratzke; MS, EDd Professor; Psychology | Chair, Division of Behavior Sciences View Profile
Brian Fry; MA, PhD Assoc Dean; Life Calling & Integ. Learn View Profile
J Russell Hawkins; PhD Assoc Prof of Humanities & History View Profile
Tom Lehman; MA, PhD Professor; Economics View Profile
Jerry Pattengale: MA, PhD Asst Provost; Public Engagement | Director; Green Scholars Initiative | Senior Scholar; Sagamore Inst. | Exec Director; National Conversations | Distinguished Senior Scholar; Baylor View Profile
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