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Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education

If your career goal is to introduce students to the rich, dynamic history of the past in order to prepare them for the future, a degree in secondary education with a major in history is the first step toward making that dream a reality. With our experienced, caring faculty here to help you tailor your program of study with the courses that best fit your personal goals, you’ll have opportunities to explore subjects that range from the great cultures of ancient times to the twenty-first century and everywhere else in between. And, as you chart your way through history, you’ll be able to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for earning your social studies teaching certification for secondary education. 

During your 12-week practicum you will develop invaluable relationships that could lead to future employment. By collaborating with colleagues and supervisors you will have the opportunity to grow professionally and enhance learning communities.

What can I do with this history degree?

Employers highly value the reasoning, analytical, and interpretive skills that you will develop as a history major, and you will be well-prepared to begin your career as a teacher of social studies or to continue your studies in graduate school. A few paths your career could take include:

  • History teacher or social studies teacher (9-12)
  • Post-secondary history professor
  • Researcher for museums, educational institutes, business entities, or historical organizations
  • Policy advisor for corporations, governments, or not-for-profit organizations
  • Curator
  • Education officer
  • Post-graduate study in law
  • Scholarly publishing/documentary editor
  • Archivist


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 

As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities and more! Fill out the form on this page and see how UC can help you become an educator that produces informed citizens who can take an active role in our democracy and global community. 

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A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world.  Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.

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 The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands complies with all CAEP standards across programs at the initial and advanced levels.
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