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​Social Studies Education

Earn a dual degree from the College of the Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.

All students major in one social science area such as African American studies, American studies, anthropology, or economics, while also taking educational skills courses needed to succeed as an educator. With the dynamic social conditions of today’s society, this program prepares students to educate and enlighten society’s youngest citizens and expand the classroom to every corner of the world.

About the School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Core coursework covers curriculum development, educational leadership, and teaching methods. Sample course material includes:

  • America in the World: The History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 1898–Present
  • Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
  • Methods & Curriculum in Teaching Social Studies
  • World Urban Geography

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Students enrolled in the social studies education major are able to take part in many learning experiences outside the classroom. Such opportunities are designed to complement their coursework.

  • Engage with children in urban, suburban, and rural settings during extensive field placements.
  • Gain in-class experience teaching in classrooms around the world through short-term study abroad programs.
  • Build skills through practicum experience in a community organization such as Head Start and the Syracuse City School District.
  • Join faculty members in revolutionary research.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years.

Social studies education majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in London and Santiago, and to our World Partner programs Fordham in Pretoria and University College Dublin.  Explore Study Abroad opportunities for students in the School of Education.

To make study abroad more affordable, you have the opportunity to apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education Students.

Life After Syracuse University

With a social studies education degree you can pursue careers such as:

  • Social studies teacher
  • Textbook author
  • Sociologist
  • Urban planner
  • Historian

Or, pursue graduate-level studies in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates have attended many prestigious graduate schools in the U.S.