Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Social Studies—Elementary Education, BAEd
What is the study of ?
Social Studies Education is guided by the definition of social studies adopted by the National Council for Social Studies:
“Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, Social Studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology, as well as appropriate content from the Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The primary purpose of Social Studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Social Studies provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to different fields in the Humanities and will help to prepare future educators with a broad base of knowledge from different topics in the liberal arts.
- Elementary Teacher