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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

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • Life Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Math Elective (3)
  • Music Elective (2)
  • History Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

  • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
  • United States History 1 (3)
  • Introduction to Geography for Educators (3)
  • Secondary and Middle School Teaching Methods (2)
  • Native American History (3)
  • Ancient Civilizations (3)

Total Credits: 16


Semester 2

  • Upper Level Status (0)
  • United States History 2 (3)
  • Human Relations (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (3)
  • American Government for Educators (3)
  • The Exceptional Child (3)
  • Christian Life, Leadership, & Evangelism (3)

Total Credits: 18



  • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 3

    Semester 1

    • Junior Practicum (2)
    • Instructional Media & Technology (3)
    • Early American Political Thought (3)
    • Macroeconomics (3)
    • American Constitutional History (3)
    • World Religions (3)

    Total Credits: 17


    Semester 2

    • Historical Method & Philosophy (3)
    • Classroom Management (3)
    • Microeconomics (3)
    • Baptist Heritage (3)
    • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
    • Literature Elective (3)

    Total Credits: 18

    Semester 1

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

    Total Credits: 16


    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 (’09) and Hope (’10) Ebel met during freshman orientation at MBU, graduated together, married, moved to Colorado, and have been blessed with three boys After Hope graduated with a BA in Math Education, she taught math for eight years, completed her master’s degree in school counseling, and is now employed at a public middle school. Joel graduated with a BA in Biblical studies and has been in bi-vocational ministry for ten 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

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