Integrated Social Studies Education

A major in Integrated Social Studies Education combines the strengths of Ashland's College of Arts and Sciences with the experience of our College of Education. Together, these departments will provide you with the knowledge and the skills you need for a successful career as secondary school social studies teacher. After all, Ashland University offers not only exceptional programs in the social sciences, but also an education program that is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading teacher preparation programs in Ohio.

When you undertake an Integrated Social Studies Education major you can expect to spend approximately half of your study in the fields of history, political science, psychology, sociology, economics, and geography, and half learning the art of classroom teaching. You will get into the classroom as early as your freshman year to observe and assist, and become more involved each year, ultimately undertaking your student teaching experience your senior year. When you graduate, you will be ready to confidently and competently bring the social sciences to life for the next generation of students. What's best is that you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and licensure preparation needed to start your career immediately after graduation.

What You’ll Love About the Integrated Social Studies Education Program:

  • Because of the caliber of education delivered by our education department, the program is nationally recognized for excellence.

  • You have lots of opportunities to participate in activities and get to know your professors well.

  • Professors in both your education and social science courses are exceptionally strong classroom teachers as well as highly respected professionals in their fields.

  • The opportunity to participate in the Ashbrook Scholar program and receive a $2,000 annual renewable scholarship.

  • Students are the #1 priority to faculty members who enjoy mentoring students in their projects and research.

  • Stand out to potential employers by participating in our five year BA-to-MA program, earning both your bachelor's degree and your Master of Arts in American History and Government.

  • You will begin observing in the classroom as early as your freshman year, gradually increasing your involvement each year, which is an enormous boost to your confidence and strength as a teacher.

  • Professors regularly present professional development workshops for elementary, middle grade and high school social studies teachers.