About the program
A social science major will provide you with a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary perspective because it includes six-credit hour introductions to political science, history, geography, economics and sociology. You will then complete a 24-credit hour concentration in political science or history.
You can enhance your classroom experiences with field trips and an impressive array of clubs and organizations that promote student interaction and leadership. These include the College Republicans, College Democrats, North Carolina Student Legislature, Mock Trial Team, and Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences honor society) and Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society).
Teaching social science
You can pursue this major while seeking a North Carolina teacher licensure, and it is especially popular with those who have a strong interest in political science or history and anticipate teaching that subject. We do recommend, however, that most teacher licensure candidates pursue the stronger history discipline major or, as an alternative, the social science major with a history concentration. This major is also popular with students who wish to minor in another field in a separate department or school.
All teaching licensure candidates perform student teaching. For example if you’re in the Social Science History Teaching concentration, you’ll student teach for two-thirds of the final semester of your senior year at a location close to the University.