Social Science class

With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with Teacher Licensure degree you will develop an awareness of social, political, and historical factors that influence cultures of the world along with the skills to share this understanding with your students as a professional educator. 

Undergraduate Admissions

Within the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with Teacher Licensure program, you will learn skills of analysis, research, and critical thinking as you look at crucial topics and events in culture and history, both past and present. You will choose from a diverse offering of fascinating courses drawing on the wide and varied expertise of our social science faculty, and 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 the social sciences, 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. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change.

Your degree in Social Science with Teacher Licensure along with your field teaching experiences will equip you to meet requirements to teach social sciences 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 Social Science 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.

Social science with teacher licensure majors are required to complete two minors: the history with teacher licensure minor and the professional education minor. Information about specific coursework corresponding to these minor requirements is available in the Academic Catalog.


A minor in social science with teacher licensure requires 18 credit hours of coursework in both required and elective courses. 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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