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Social Studies Education

Major

Classroom Experience Starts Your Freshman Year

Learn to share your fascination for history, geography, government, or economics with our Social Studies Education major. You will be trained to instill an understanding of complicated systems and subjects of our world into young minds. With such diverse subjects, from American government to macroeconomics, we focus on making these topics accessible and interesting to middle and high school students.

Our Social Studies Education program will teach you how to discipline, assess, and manage your own classroom. You will begin observing and assisting in the classroom during your freshman year and continue gaining more responsibility until your student teaching experience, where you will teach at two different schools and grade levels during your senior year.

By graduation, you will be equipped with the top-notch tools necessary to teach social studies and feel comfortable in your own middle school or high school classroom.

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Launching into Your Classroom

Education majors spend a full semester of their senior year teaching real students locally or internationally. Each Education student teaches at two different schools, preparing you to manage your own classroom after graduation.

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American Enterprise Institute Council

Taylor’s branch of the American Enterprise Institute Council allows students to get involved in a national organization, make professional connections, participate in advanced research projects, and promote political discussions across campus.

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Study Abroad

Taylor’s History, Global, and Political Studies programs offer opportunities to study global history, economics, politics, and culture overseas. Students interested in studying the Middle East can spend a semester at Jerusalem University. Other places to travel include Latin America, Spain, London, and more. Our students can also work stateside in the heart of Washington D.C. with Best Semester’s American Studies Program.

Study Abroad Opportunities
Joel Bierre
Class of 2016
"Taylor gave me a long-lasting and amazing community. It's unique to see that community extending beyond. Because of this expectation of what community looks like, it's been easier to be intentional about that here in Memphis."

Social Studies Concentrations

Social Studies Education majors take additional history electives and complete one of the following required concentrations:

Economics

Learn how economics works on the local, national, and international levels and discover how it interacts with other areas of society.

Geographical Perspectives

Learn how geography has impacted history and the development and expansion of civilization.

Government and Citizenship

Gain an understanding of governmental functions and citizens’ roles and responsibilities.

Psychology

Study the inner workings of the mind and how it affects human behavior. Earn an additional certification to teach psychology in secondary schools.

Sociology

Study the building blocks of societies—culture, philosophy, family structure, etc.—and how societal differences impact inter-societal relations.

Social Studies Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Make History Come Alive for Your Students

Social studies courses cover in-depth American and world history, international and domestic politics, and global geography. You will examine unique topics, such as ethnic and minority issues and cultural anthropology, and make connections between historical events and political, economic, sociological, and cultural factors. Along with education courses that will help you improve your teaching methods, you’ll take adolescent and education psychology classes to learn about mental development and effective teaching practices.

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