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Social Sciences Education (7-12)

About

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. Social sciences offers courses that help you understand the history and nature of human beings in a social context. With your degree to teach social sciences, you’ll be able to pass that knowledge and understanding on to the next generation. At Wayne State, you’ll study anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology to give you the foundation you need to successfully teach social studies.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

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: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


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


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


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


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Social Sciences Education Scholarships

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 degree to teach social sciences.

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.

Skills

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

Careers

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

Employers

Employers

  • 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 85% of our full-time faculty having 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 a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

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

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.

Student Activities for History, Geography and Political Science Majors

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers 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.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

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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