History with Teacher Licensure

As a major in history with teacher licensure, you’ll develop important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing. 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. You’ll learn techniques and tools for managing a classroom, from lesson planning and formulating learning objectives to strategies for exceptional learners and evaluating performance.


The curriculum is comprised of three parts:

  1. History major
  2. Social Sciences minor
  3. Professional Education minor


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.


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.


Study Abroad

Opportunities for study abroad will allow you to expand your learning outside of the classroom and across the globe. Previous study abroad opportunities have included Strasbourg and Berlin.


Model Arab League/ Model NATO

As a member of our Model Arab League or Model NATO teams, you’ll get to develop your critical thinking, public speaking, and debate skills in competitions against other schools.


Pre-Law/ Public Service Organization

The Department of Social Sciences is home to the pre-law/public service group which provides support for students who wish to pursue legal and public vocations. You’ll get to connect with and ask questions of local professionals.


College Democrats

The GWU College Democrats is a student-led organization promoting political involvement around progressive causes.


College Republicans

The GWU College Republicans organization promotes Republican values and helps students develop strong leadership abilities.


Student NC Association of Educators

This student organization helps you develop your professional abilities and provides you with important networking and leadership opportunities.



As part of the Teacher Education program, you will 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 you develop real-life teaching skills.



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.


Dr. David Yelton

Phone: (704) 406-4471

E-mail: dyelton@gardner-webb.edu