Degree Overview

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

1st Year

Semester 1

  • The Modern World (3)
  • Cultural Geography for Educators (3)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • General Psychology (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2(
  • Math Elective (3)
  • Sociology Elective (2)

Total Credits: 18


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

Total Credits: 6

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Minors

  • Social Studies Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • History

Potential Career Fields

  • Social studies teacher
  • Archivist or curator
  • Researcher
  • Governmental relations
  • Historical site guide
  • Curriculum development

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

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MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

Michael Zwolanek - Faculty

Michael Zwolanek

School of Education | Associate Professor


MA History, Clemson University

BS Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University


Christine Lincoln - Faculty

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 - Faculty

Jennifer Meinhardt

School of Education | Assistant Professor


MA History, Bob Jones University

BS History Education, Maranatha Baptist University

BS English Education, Maranatha Baptist University

David Handyside - Faculty

David Handyside

School of Education | Associate Professor


MEd Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Illinois

BS Elementary Education, Cedarville University

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