Social Studies Education, BA

Earn a degree in social studies education and put your interest in history, geography, politics, civics, and government to work. A social studies education degree will enable you to teach social studies at the secondary level (grades 5-12). Social studies education is an interdisciplinary integration of several social sciences including economics, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology, and sociology.


About the Program

The social studies education program will prepare you to become a teacher through a combination of coursework and supervised experiences, called “clinical practice,” in middle and high school classrooms.

Clinical practice can occur through a variety of ways:

  • On or around Purdue’s campus
  • Partner with the Indianapolis Public School Urban Experience
  • Travel outside of Indiana to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or even internationally

Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, a social studies education graduate is qualified to teach social studies related subjects (e.g. economics, history, government, citizenship) to secondary students in a public, private, or independent school. Purdue has interstate licensing agreements with the other 49 U.S. states, which means graduates will be able to teach in Indiana and any other state in the country.

Plan of Study

To view a detailed Plan of Study for the BA in Social Studies Education degree, please visit the Purdue University Course Catalog.

Transfer Information

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue’s overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0


College of Education, Office of Advising and Recruiting
(765) 494-2345