Social Studies Education


A Social Studies Education degree includes courses in American civilization, world civilization, and government, in addition to courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and geography. Coursework also includes professional education classes that prepare students to teach in public and private middle school and high school classrooms.

IWU's Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Studies Education program gives students a social, philosophical, psychological, and historical framework within which to develop a personal philosophy of teaching. The program is designed for those who love stories about time and place and reading and talking about the lives of individuals who lived in the past. This major is designed to meet the Indiana social studies standards, and is recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

If you sense a calling to bring a Christian worldview and context to your teaching career, you should consider majoring in Social Studies Education at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Historical Perspectives


Required 3 credit hours of a HST Elective (300- or 400-level) from the “Scholarship"



Requires 3 credit hours of a POL Elective and 3 credit hours of a POL Elective (300- or 400-level) from the “Scholarship" List



* EDU-240, PSY-150, and PSY-276 duplicate general education or professional education requirements. Requires 3 additional credit hours of a PSY Elective (300- or 400-level) from the “Scholarship" List



* Students choose either SOC-150 or SOC-210. Requires 3 credit hours of a SOC Elective (Upper or Lower level) and 3 credit hours of a SOC Elective (300- or 400-level) from the “Scholarship" List



* ECO-213 duplicates general education or professional education requirements. Requires 3 additional credit hours of a ECO Elective (300- or 400-level) from the “Scholarship" List



Professional Education Courses



Whether right out of grad school or after some years in the profession, IWU professors moved to the head of the class. Was it a passion for sharing the field of their dreams? Was it a divine prompting to make students their business? Or were they looking for a place where they could teach their profession and still share a profession of faith? No doubt it was all of these.

We invite you to come to campus and ask students what they think.

David Bartley; MA, PhD Professor; History | Div Chair; Social Sciences View Profile
Jonathan Conrad; MA, PhD Professor; Political Science 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. | Distinguished Senior Scholar; Baylor | Exec Director; National Conversations View Profile
Kimberly DeMichael; MEd Asst Prof; Education | Secondary Program Coordinator | Education Placement Advisor View Profile
James Elsberry; MEd, PhD Professor; Education | Associate Dean; School of Education View Profile
Mary Seaborn; MAEd, EdD Professor; Education | Director; Certif and Student Teaching View Profile
Mark Smith; MAR, MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History View Profile
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