Social Studies Education

Are you fascinated by the way the events and cultures of the past inform those of the present? Are you seeking to expand your knowledge and acquire the skills and experience you need to share your passion for history and other social sciences with future generations? The Social Studies Education major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with a broad base of knowledge in history and the social sciences as well as critical thinking, research, and writing skills. You will receive training in education that will prepare you to teach social studies at the junior high and high school levels.

As a Social Studies Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages of the second largest history department in Arkansas. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with stellar academic credentials, extensive professional experience (including the publication of almost 30 books and hundreds of essays/articles), and diverse areas of expertise, including European, American, Asian, African, and Latin American history. They are also the most decorated faculty at the University of Central Arkansas, having received several awards for their teaching and research. Our instructors are deeply dedicated to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future, and work closely with them through every stage of the degree program and certification process, providing individual attention and mentoring.
  • Hands-On Learning through a transformative internship placement in the local school system, which prepares students with the experience to manage a classroom, design curriculum, create lesson plans, and interact with diverse student populations. We offer various site placements for internships and develop relationships between our students and their schools from early stages of the education program.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE), an initiative within the College of Liberal Arts, encourages students to take advantage of internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at:
  • A long tradition of teacher education: Founded in 1907 as the state Normal (teacher-training) College, the University of Central Arkansas has been preparing social studies teachers for more than one hundred years. UCA alumni serve as teachers throughout the state and nation, and many graduates have used the social studies degree to pursue other careers, such as law, journalism, or higher education.

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