GWU History class


With a Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure, you’ll expand your knowledge of the world in which we live, past and present, informing your understanding of the future, and you’ll be equipped to share this understanding with your students as a professional educator. 


Undergraduate Admissions

The Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure program will help you cultivate important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing. In addition, you will learn techniques and tools for managing a classroom, from lesson planning and formulating learning objectives to strategies for exceptional learners and evaluating performance. When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared and officially licensed for a meaningful career as a professional educator in history, teaching high school or middle school students in North Carolina.


Gardner-Webb’s Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society, and the human past in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values.


Our diverse selection of classes offers you the fascinating opportunity to study Medieval Europe or Modern Germany, Southern Politics or the Sociology of Gender, International Relations or The American Century, and much more. You’ll receive a well-rounded education in the social, political, and historical forces that have shaped America and the nations of the world in the past, present, and future.

Your degree in history with teacher licensure along with your field teaching experiences will equip you to meet all North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requirements for teaching social studies in North Carolina secondary school classrooms.


Our alumni are making positive contributions in public high schools throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia as Social Studies teachers, principals, and school administrators.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 33 hours of history coursework in the major. The history with teacher licensure (18 hours) minor and the minor in professional education (18 hours) is also required.


As part of the Teacher Education program, you will also be required to complete a field teaching assignment in a number of different classroom environments with a 15-week assignment as a student teacher comprising your final semester at GWU. You will work with an experienced educator who will serve as your mentor as your develop real-life teaching skills.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

A minor in history with teacher licensure requires 18 credit hours of coursework in both required and elective courses. The professional education minor (18 credit hours) is also required.


Additional information about the minor, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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