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).

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
  • 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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