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Overview | Social Studies Education

As a Social Studies Education major, you receive a rigorous foundation in U.S. history and world history, psychology, economics, sociology, geography, and political science. To ensure a strong understanding of social studies, you take concentrations in two of the five social studies disciplines, as well as at least two courses in each of the remaining three disciplines. The Social Studies Education program, which typically takes longer than four years to complete, is designed to meet the license requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify a variety of differences among students and individualize instruction accordingly.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan for instruction, incorporating a wide variety of strategies for instruction and classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate social studies knowledge and application to teaching in history, psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and geography.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and interpret a wide variety of assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to teach content according to a biblical worldview.


Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Cultural Geography for Educators (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • General Psychology (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Math Elective (3)
  • Sociology Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17


  • United States History 1 (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (3)

Semester 1

  • Instructional Media and Technology (3)
  • Secondary and Middle School Teaching Methods (2)
  • Human Relations (3)
  • Ancient Civilizations (3)
  • Early American Political Thought (3)
  • Christian Life, Leadership and Evangelism (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • Secondary School Reading (3)
  • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
  • United States History 2 (3)
  • HUHI 250 or HUHI 335 (3)
  • History Elective (3)
  • Baptist Heritage (3)
  • Literature Elective (3)
  • Upper Level Status (0)

Total Credits: 19

    Semester 1

    • 20th Century History (3)
    • American Government for Educators (3)
    • The Exceptional Child (3)
    • Macroeconomics (3)
    • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
    • Life Science Elective (3)

    Total Credits: 18

    Semester 2

    • Junior Practicum (2)
    • Historical Method & Philosophy (3)
    • American Constitutional History (3)
    • State and Local Government (3)
    • Microeconomics (3)
    • Physical Geography for Educators (3)
    • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

    Total Credits: 20



    • History Elective (3)
    • Bible Elective (3)

    Semester 1

    • Education Seminar (2)
    • Teaching Social Studies (3)
    • Educational Assessment (2)
    • Classroom Management (3)
    • History Elective (3)
    • Educational Psychology (3)
    • Bible Elective (3)

    Total Credits: 19

    Semester 2

    Student Teaching (12)

    Total Credits: 12

    Alumni Spotlight

    Nathan (’13) and Helen (Scott, ’15)
    Nathan (’13) and Helen (Scott, ’15) Moore live in Whitewater, WI, where Nathan serves as the program director at Camp Joy. Nathan graduated with a BA in Social Studies Education—a degree which has helped him understand how young people behave and what to expect within social groups. “The aspect of MBU life that impacted me most was my time in off-campus ministry. Six of us ministered at First Baptist Church in West Bend, and I still appreciate the opportunity to use what I learned in classes and in orchestra.”

    Joel and Hope Ebel (’10)
    Joel and Hope Ebel met during freshman orientation at MBU and graduated together in 2010. Since marrying, the Ebels have moved to Colorado and have been blessed with two little boys, Xavier and Jaxon. After teaching math for eight years, Hope completed her master’s degree in school counseling and is now a school counselor at a public middle school. Joel has been in bi-vocational ministry for nine years, serving in children’s and student ministries. He currently serves as a youth pastor in Franktown, CO, owns his own Medicare sales agency, and coaches high school baseball.

    Related Majors

    Early Childhood Education
    Elementary Education
    English Education

    Related Minors

    Social Studies Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Special Ed. Cross. Cat.

    Potential Career Fields

    Social Studies Teacher
    Archivist or Curator
    Governmental Relations
    Historical Site Guide
    Curriculum Development

    *Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
    specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

    MBU Program Faculty

    Michael Zwolanek

    College of Arts and Sciences | Department of Humanities | Associate Professor


    MA History, Clemson University
    BS Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University

    Christine Lincoln

    School of Education | Professor


    EdD Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jones University
    MEd Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
    BS Elementary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

    Jennifer Meinhardt

    College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor | Assistant Professor


    MA History, Bob Jones University
    BS History Education, Maranatha Baptist University
    BS English Education, Maranatha Baptist University


    David Handyside

    School of Education | Associate Professor


    MEd Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Illinois
    BS Elementary Education, Cedarville University

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