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Social Studies Teaching

The social studies teaching major at Anderson University is designed for students wanting to teach social studies at the middle or high school level. Students must complete specific courses in professional education and in three teaching fields:

  • Historical perspectives
  • Government and citizenship
  • An area chosen from sociology or economics

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This program is interdisciplinary.

The major requires coursework through the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science, as well as coursework through the School of Education.


What classes will I take?

  • Methods of Teaching Social Studies
  • Principles of Geography
  • American Civilization I
  • History of World Civilization
  • Introduction to Politics
  • State & Local Government

View the courses required for the social studies teaching major.


What experiences will I have?

In preparing for careers as social studies educators, students participate in classroom observations, as well as a semester of student teaching. Students may also volunteer for organizations like College Mentors for Kids in a variety of capacities that both serve the community and broaden their experience in working with young people.

Explore TEACH Grants

Anderson University participates in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. A TEACH grant is a non-need-based grant provided to students who intend to teach, in order to help pay for their postsecondary education.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH grant, a student must agree to teach full time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school or educational service agency (ESA) serving low-income students, within eight years of completing or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in the program of study for which the student received the grant.

If the student does not meet the terms of the TEACH grant service obligation, all TEACH grant funds received will be converted to a direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.

At Anderson University, TEACH grants are offered to undergraduates who meet the 3.25 GPA requirement and have been admitted into the teacher preparation program (TPP). The director of the Department of Teacher Education approves the TEACH grant for each year that a student applies. Click here for a TEACH Grant Application [PDF].

Our Faculty

Social Studies

Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Professor of History

Michael Frank, an employee of Anderson University, Anderson Indiana

Dr. Michael Frank

Professor of Political Science

David Murphy

Dr. David Thomas Murphy

Professor of History

Jaye Rogers

Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers

Chair, Department of History and Political Science; Professor of History

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