Social Studies Secondary Education

About the Major

Social studies education majors develop skills and knowledge in areas including history, geography, government, sociology, and economics. You will be able to apply what you learn through methods of teaching and learning with children from grades 5 through 12. You will be in the field early during your studies and will be able to start learning in actual community classrooms. This major fully equips you to teach your own class of diverse students in any urban, suburban, or rural school.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: cultural competency, teaching, problem solving, lesson planning, and inclusivity (IUPUI School of Education, 2019).

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Survey of economic issues and problems
  • Indiana history
  • Examining self as teacher
  • Using computers in education
  • Diversity and learning
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Field experience
  • Teaching and learning in high school

Possible Careers

  • Adult literacy teacher
  • Education administrator*
  • Museum curator
  • Museum program coordinator
  • Guidance counselor*
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Nonprofit manager

*These careers require further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Carmel Clay Schools
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • IPS
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • IUPUI
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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