Wayne State College
Social sciences education

Social Sciences Education (7-12)

Social Sciences Education Degree

Social sciences is a broad field that covers several subject areas – all important to a student’s education and development. This is the major you would choose to become a social studies teacher. Courses in the Social Sciences Education degree program at Wayne State are designed to help you understand the history and nature of human beings in a social context, and to pass that knowledge and understanding on to the next generation. In the Social Sciences Education degree program, you’ll study anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology to give you the foundation you need to successfully teach social sciences or social studies in a school setting. 

Sample Program of Study

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Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Field Endorsement)
If you choose the Social Sciences field endorsement, you are not required to choose any additional endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For endorsement: 66
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum

Popular pairings: English as a Second Language (PK-12), Coaching (7-12)

Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: History, Politics, and Geography, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation:  Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your social sciences education degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

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Skills Learned

  • World cultures and civilizations
  • American history, cultural groups, and government
  • World regional geography
  • Political processes of the national government
  • General psychology, sociology, and anthropology
  • Principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Curriculum development
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Cultural and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research and writing techniques
  • Oral and written communication

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Possible Careers

  • Social studies teacher
  • Social sciences teacher
  • History teacher
  • Political science teacher
  • Geography teacher
  • Research specialist
  • Tutor
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Tour guide
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy analyst / advocate
  • Travel agent
  • Community planner
  • Park ranger
  • Public historian

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  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Education and learning centers
  • Museums and exhibitions
  • Historical societies
  • Conservation societies
  • National parks
  • Travel agencies
  • Foreign service agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Libraries
  • Publishing companies
  • Businesses and organizations

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 100% of full-time faculty in this department holding the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Social Sciences Education program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

social studies education degree opportunities


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Contribute to a cause – Help promote historical awareness, civic engagement, diversity, and opportunity through the Multicultural Center and events like Constitution Day and the voter registration drive.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach social sciences, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced social studies teacher to gain classroom experience.  Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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