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BS Social Studies Education

Trine University
Program overview
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

BS Social Studies Education

Preparing future social studies educators involves courses that cover a wide perspective in historical foundations, psychology, economics and government. The Bachelor of science with a major in social studies education program at Trine University addresses topics such as:

  • social justice
  • ideal and practice of citizenship in a democratic society
  • global connections and interdependence

Extensive field work in the methods of teaching social studies is included to help you gain an understanding of the value and use of instructional resources in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment characterized by positive, productive and healthy interactions.

The Bachelor of science with a major in social studies education program features a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes the value of real-world experience. Our expert faculty educate future teachers in:

  • classroom management strategies
  • instructional methods and curriculum updates
  • implementation and effective use of classroom technology

These lessons are put into practice in the real classrooms where you will spend more than 800 hours prior to graduation. Classroom experiences begin in the first year and culminate in a 16-week student teaching opportunity where you will work closely with a faculty advisor at Trine and a cooperating teacher at your placement school.

Admission requirements

  • Admission into the Allen School of Engineering and Computing and the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Trine's English Composition I, Calculus I, and Chemistry I with a "C" or higher.
  • Admission into the Franks School of Education requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Admission into the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences and the Ketner School of Business require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

General Education

  • College Algebra or higher
  • Science elective
  • Math or Science elective
  • Introduction to Literature
  • American History I
  • Principles of Psychology
  • College Composition
  • Humanities Seminar
  • Effective Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
  • American History II

Additional Requirements

  • University Experience
  • Free Electives - Electives are determined in conjunction
  • with an advisor and based on student career objectives

Social Studies Content Area Courses

Content Requirements

  • World Civilization I
  • World Civilization II
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Introduction to Government
  • Physical Geography

At least TWO of the following concentrations:


  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • International Finance
  • Personal Finance

Government & Citizenship

  • Comparative Governments
  • State and Local Government
  • American Constitutional Development

Historical Perspectives

  • The Contemporary World
  • American Political Thought
  • Indiana History


  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology

Professional Studies

  • Education Exploration
  • Education Immersion
  • Educational Psychology for the Middle & Secondary Teacher
  • Issues in American Education
  • Instructional Design Practicum
  • Instructional Design Learners
  • Exceptional Children in the Schools
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Literacy in the Content Area Practicum
  • Literacy in the Content Area
  • Classroom Behavior & Environment
  • Middle School Practicum
  • The Middle School
  • Middle School Methods
  • Secondary Methods Practicum
  • Secondary Methods
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Media and Technology
  • Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching Seminar

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Science with a major in social studies education, you have many opportunities for rewarding careers or advanced studies, which include:

  • Teacher
  • Grade-level or content department chair
  • Building principal
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Curriculum director
  • Child care worker
  • Coach
  • Publications adviser (yearbooks, newspaper, etc.)
  • Community agency director
  • Counselor
  • Graduate student

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About this institute

Trine University

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Trine University

1 University Ave
IN 46703 Angola Indiana
United States of America

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