Social Studies Education | Winthrop University

Social Studies Education

Bachelor of Arts

The Social Studies Education program prepares students for rewarding careers teaching social studies at the high school level. Through content courses and social studies teaching methods courses, students are prepared to teach history, government, economics, geography, psychology and sociology. Like all teacher certification programs at Winthrop, students have numerous field experiences in area schools throughout their degree program. For the very best students, an option to complete an additional Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in just one year is available.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Anne Springs Close Greenway
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Chick-fil-A Corporate
  • DeMayo Law Offices
  • Lancaster High School
  • Northwestern High School
  • Riverwalk Academy
  • Rock Hill High School
  • Siemens Digital Industries Software
  • South Carolina Army National Guard
  • Timmerman School
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Whit-Ash Furnishings

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Computer Technology and Digital Literacy Educator
  • Head Football Coach/Athletic Director/Teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Natural Resources Technician
  • On-Location Photographer
  • Principal
  • School Administrator
  • Scrum Master
  • Social Sciences Teacher
  • Social Studies Department Chair
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Sr. Marketing Coordinator
  • System Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Training and Technical Assistance Officer

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Primary and Secondary Education
  2. Higher Education
  3. Education Management
  4. Nonprofit Organization Management
  5. Law Practice
  6. Retail
  7. Restaurants
  8. Recreational Facilities and Services
  9. Primary/Secondary Education
  10. Financial Services

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

This program includes a core of social studies content courses, a core of education courses, and a concentration of 18 additional hours in history, political science, economics, psychology or anthropology/sociology. Graduates will earn both the B.A. in social studies education and certification as a secondary school teacher through the College of Education.


Why Winthrop?

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Return on Investment

We have 100 percent employment of all graduates who seek public school employment.

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Bachelor's to Master's

One third of students choose the M.A.T. route that is unavailable at other major South Carolina universities.

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Instruction and Experience

Two methods courses integrate classroom and field experience for both social science and history classes.

Hear From Our Students and Faculty

Beyond Graduation

"The professors always made themselves available and were willing to go out of their way to help me. I feel prepared to be a teacher and lead high school students, thanks largely to the social studies department."

social studies education alum