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Social Studies/Secondary Education

Do you love learning history, geography or economics? How about a desire to help young people discover the origins and complexities of world cultures? In this major, you'll learn to provide high quality instruction in the five areas of the social studies: history, geography, politics, economics and culture.

Overview

What is Social Studies/Secondary Education at WVU like?

Description

Secondary social studies education provides a unique opportunity to engage in the diverse histories of the world, support social and cultural understanding and promote civic competence and engagement.

The Social Studies/Secondary Education major at WVU is an interdisciplinary program. It provides you with a breadth of social studies content through introductory courses in history, geography, economics, political science, psychology and sociology and anthropology.

In addition, it guides you in pedagogy through advanced classes in both content areas of social studies and professional education classes with many hours in local schools, observing, tutoring and student teaching. As a result of carefully sequenced and assessed learning opportunities, you are exposed to the different methodologies of a variety of disciplines within social studies education and develop complex research and communication skills.

In four years, you’ll not only have completed the requirements for graduation, but also for teacher certification in West Virginia. Graduates with a social studies major are prepared to make an impact teaching in secondary classrooms, other educational settings or their chosen career path.

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Most graduates of this program will go on to teach in secondary classrooms. Some will pursue advanced degrees in history, public administration, education administration and/or special education.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Social Studies/Secondary Education major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Courses

What are the courses like in Social Studies/Secondary Education at WVU?

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Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Social Studies/Secondary Education major.

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Popular Courses

GEOG 102:
World Regions

Comparison and relationships of world regions. Geographical perspectives of contemporary global problems. Developing regions contrasted with modernized regions and the consequences of their interactions.

HIST 250:
West Virginia

Historical foundations and development of West Virginia, with particular emphasis upon the growth of the government, the economy, and the traditions of the state.

HIST 464:
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present

America's foreign policy and growing involvement in international relations including the U.S. role in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Cost and Aid

How much does Social Studies/Secondary Education at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $403
Per Semester $4,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,672
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
International
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Social Studies/Secondary Education at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Social Studies/Secondary Education major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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