Your social science degree from Gardner-Webb University will help you develop an awareness of social, political, and historical factors that influence cultures of the world. A professional education minor will prepare you to share your passion with students.

Department of Social Sciences

Social Science with Teacher Licensure

As a major in Social Science with Teacher Licensure, you’ll 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.


The curriculum is comprised of three parts:

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


You’ll 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’ll choose from a diverse offering of fascinating courses drawing on the wide and varied expertise of our social science faculty.


You’ll also 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.


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.


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.


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.



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 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.


Donna Schronce

Phone: (704) 406-2406