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Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12) B.A.

Be an innovative, antiracist and inclusive educator of history, politics or other social sciences—one who expands the classroom to every corner of the world.
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About this Program

  • Gain an advantage in a range of fields—within the classroom and beyond—with a dual major in social studies education and your chosen social science area.
  • Engage in a program that emphasizes cultural and linguistic diversity, integration of media and technology, multilevel teaching and standards-based assessment.
  • Be part of the School of Education’s commitment to equitable, antiracist and inclusive practices.
  • Begin your first year in a classroom, with multiple placements and student teaching experiences in a range of urban, suburban and rural settings.
  • Experience our pioneering work in clinical simulations (EDU SIMs) for realistic preprofessional practice, replicating common interactions in school and classroom environments and integrated into your classes to build your skill set and confidence.
  • Get a small school feel at a dynamic research university through personalized academic and career advising; the opportunity to work closely with internationally recognized faculty, including on research projects; and a global alumni network.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

# 31

Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools (College Factual)
93 %

of Class of 2021 graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months.
100 %

Student Pass Rate for New York State Assessment of Teaching Skills
100 %

Student Pass Rate for Social Studies Education Certification Exams
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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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School of Education

Syracuse University’s School of Education advances the future of teaching and learning through inclusive and antiracist practice, integration of digital technology, and experiential learning rooted in campus and community partnerships.By fostering a welcoming learning community that supports distinct potential, the school mentors and nurtures the next generation of impactful and innovative educators, scholars and leaders.With immersive training that begins in the first year and unique research and creative opportunities that range from field experiences to live educational simulations to engaging internships, School of Education graduates are equipped to inspire generations.
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Social studies education majors combine a strong education foundation with a social science major in the College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Courses on the history of schooling, principles of inclusive classrooms, literacy across the curriculum and methods for teaching English, reading, writing and more.

Tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests by choosing a dual major from a variety of social science areas, including African American studies, anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, policy studies and sociology.

Introductory courses in a range of liberal arts areas give you broad perspectives on the world and human experience.

Field placements in local schools and community organizations include a full-time, multiweek student teaching experience in the spring of your senior year.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad opportunities

Experience the World

Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad trips or semester programs around the world. School of Education students are eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

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Student organization

Kappa Delta Pi

Join the student-led Alpha Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education for professional development, fellowship and service opportunities.

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For future educators

Spector/Warren Fellowship

This fellowship brings students interested in education to the Holocaust Museum Houston each year, where they learn from experts, firsthand accounts and survivors, gaining the tools to integrate the lessons on the Holocaust and human rights into any classroom subject.

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