Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12), B.A.

The B.A. program in Social Studies Education prepares civic-minded graduates who educate and enlighten society’s youngest citizen and expand the classroom to every corner of the world.

Students get a double major from both the School of Education and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, addressing five critical areas for 21st century classrooms: social studies content knowledge, inclusive and culturally relevant pedagogy, critical reflection and explanations of practice, assessment of student learning, and professional conduct. This program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification in Social Studies (Grades 7-12).

Why Social Studies Education at Syracuse?

  • 98% of School of Education graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months, and social studies education students have a 100% pass rate on the New York State edTPA examination.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • A total of 5 field placements in diverse settings starting in your first year, including 2 student teaching experiences in your senior year.
  • Two jobs for the price of one—a major in your chosen social sciences area and a major in Social Studies Education gives you a leg up in both fields, preparing you for lesson planning or project management, problem solving in the social science world or the classroom!
  • Social studies education students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in one of over 60 countries and take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Continue your graduate studies at the School of Education with our SOE 50% Master’s and Certificate of Advanced Study Scholarships.

Because you will be a student in two different schools within Syracuse University, you will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from both the School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars, historians, social scientists, and researchers in as you develop your professional identity and portfolio—including working with students with diverse cultures, diverse learning needs, and in diverse settings.

Graduates of this program have a strong foundational knowledge of their social science area and an excellent preparation in inclusive pedagogy. Our graduates are in K-12 school, community, and other settings including:

Program Detail

As a student in the Social Studies Education program, you will combine studies in social studies secondary curriculum, social sciences, education methods, classroom practicums, and academic requirements from the liberal arts core. Your double major will include a major in a social sciences area such as:

  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Policy Studies
  • Sociology

You’ll choose the classes for your social sciences major, your history courses, as well as core liberal arts courses in collaboration with your advisors, allowing you to tailor them to your personal and professional interests. Sample courses in your program may include:

  • Modern Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
  • Human Geographies
  • Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
  • American History to 1862
  • Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction

Your first semester will include liberal arts electives, writing, statistics and an introductory history course. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

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