History, Concentration: Social Studies Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

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Program Intro

The BA in History with a Social Studies Teaching concentration, in partnership with the School of Education and Counseling, prepares you for a career in secondary education at the middle and high school levels. Graduates of our program have become excellent, award-winning teachers, changing the lives of students in Indiana and beyond.

Department of History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This program is specifically designed to prepare aspiring teachers of social studies. In alignment with Indiana Department of Education standards, you’ll specialize in the teaching of historical perspectives along with two other areas of your choosing.

Our faculty views teaching as a vocation. They seek to help you shape the lives of your students through social studies education.

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is structured to enable you to teach  history and at least two of the following areas: government and citizenship, economics, geography, sociology and psychology. Each year, you will develop content knowledge, research, writing, and verbal skills. You’ll also learn engaging teaching methods from outstanding PNW faculty.

You can currently complete this program at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Start your journey with general education requirements, including a first-year experience course. Identify and begin to study within your areas of concentration.

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Sample Courses

  • ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
  • HIST 11000 – The Pre-Modern World

Take Research and Writing in History and continue to explore your areas of concentration.

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Sample Courses

  • EAS 10000 – Planet Earth
  • HIST 15200 – United States Since 1877
  • HIST 10500 – Survey Of Global History

Conclude courses in your area of concentration while building a foundation for teaching through education courses.

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Sample Courses

  • EDPS 22000 – Psychology Of Learning
  • EDPS 26000 – Introduction To Special Education
  • EDPS 28500 – Diversity And Education

In the fall semester, complete your coursework before completing your final supervised teaching in the spring.

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Sample Courses

  • EDCI 32300 – Educational Technology For Teaching And Learning
  • EDCI 34700 – Strategies Of Social Studies Instruction In Senior High, Junior High


Because this program draws from at least four disciplines, you’ll gain the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking skills and expertise in communication that great teachers need.

PNW partners with schools in Northwest Indiana, enabling teachers to apply the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards in their classrooms. Through field experience and learned theories and methods, you’ll be poised to deliver exceptional classroom content.

A lion sculpture on PNW's campus PNW graduates at commencement


This degree program enables you to:

  • Develop a sound knowledge base, drawing from history and two other disciplines.
  • Acquire teaching skills by working closely with School of Education and Counseling faculty.
  • Earn a degree fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


History majors with a Social Studies Education concentration have the following scholarship opportunities:

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Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society)
  • History Club

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a career as either a middle school or high school social studies teacher.


Graduates of this program are employed in school districts across the region, including:

  • School City of Hobart
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Valparaiso Community Schools
  • School City of Hammond


This program is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Meet the Faculty

Kenneth Kincaid

Kenneth Ralph Kincaid, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Kenneth Kincaid is a history supervisor of social studies. He is also a member of the history graduate committee, faculty advisor to Phi Alpha Theta and member of the Center for Global Studies.

Patrick Keegan

Patrick Keegan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Patrick Keegan is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Counseling. He teaches courses in elementary social studies methods and multicultural education.

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, Ph.D.

Continuing Lecturer in History

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly is a continuing lecturer in history and acts as the concurrent enrollment liaison for history. Her research and teaching focus on US, gender, women’s and religious history.

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