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Social Studies Education, History Track B.S.Ed.

  • B.S.Ed., Social Studies Education,
    History Track

    College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    What You'll Do

    Those who love history are inspired by learning about the triumphs of ancient civilizations or the struggles of our country’s founding fathers. Some see history as a journal kept by humanity over the centuries. As a Social Studies Education major pursuing the History track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll satisfy your intellectual curiosity about the past while preparing for your future as an educator.

    Through your history classes, you can choose to study a broad range of topics that include colonial America, medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, ancient Greece, Native Americans, early China, the Civil War, Russia, and the Middle East.

    You’ll also take courses in the field of education as well as in geography and economics.  Indiana University of Pennsylvania has earned a reputation for outstanding teacher preparation and offers an extensive student teaching program.

    What You'll Become

    The Bachelor of Science in Education degree achieved through pursuit of the Social Studies/History track leads to teaching certification for Pennsylvania junior and senior high schools. As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to share your interest in history with the next generation. You’ll help your students understand how people have faced challenges, formed civilizations, and brought about monumental change in the world.

    Employment of school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016, although some areas will experience more growth than others. This is expected to create 479,000 additional teacher positions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


    Special Features

    • Students with this major may be interested in adding the Asian Studies minor, the Latin American Studies minor, or the Pan-African Studies minor.
    • The international student teaching option offers students the chance to spend a half-semester teaching in another country.
    • IUP students can participate in an archaeology project overseas in Cyprus.
    • An honors program is available.
    • The History Club is open to anyone who has an interest in history. The club organizes fundraisers, trips to local historical sites, movie nights, and guest speakers.