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Secondary Education Social Studies

Secondary education social studies

As news breaks each day, students need guidance and insight to help them make sense of not only headlines, but the story behind them. From international relations to local politics, the secondary education social studies major can help facilitate civil discourse in the classroom, preparing students to lead our society into the future.

Division of Education

The secondary education social studies major is part of the Division of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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About the major.

Through both in-class learning and hands-on field work, the secondary education social studies major will explore topics ranging from citizen participation in the legislative process to globalization, and early American history to the Civil Rights Era. Courses in economics, psychology, sociology and geography will add to your ability to draw cause and effect relationships with important historic events. An internship and professional seminar will round out your academic experience, preparing you for either graduate school or your professional career.

While the program prepares you to guide your own social studies classroom, it also offers additional options after graduation. Nonprofits, government agencies, museums and libraries are some of the organizations that require employees with a deep understanding of how society operates to move their mission forward.

This Maryland approved program meets certification requirements in other states. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

Because of the specific sequence of course offerings in the program, it is necessary for students to start education courses in their freshman year, or at the latest, at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students starting education courses after that time may not be able to graduate with their class as elementary education majors.

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About the minor.

If you’re interested in the field of education but don’t necessarily want to pursue a teaching career, or if you’d like to complement your major by studying topics that are important to educators, you may want to consider an education minor. Through these courses, you’ll gain a broad understanding of educational policies, learning theories, and the societal impacts of education, among others.

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