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’s Department of Teaching and Leadership 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).
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:
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:
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:
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.