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Explore the teaching - social studies, history emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Study the past — and educate the future —  with a bachelor's degree in teaching - social studies, history emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Graduates of the program earn the licensure necessary to teach all areas of social studies, including history, political science, economics, psychology, sociology and geography to grades 4-12. Courses explore topics ranging from American women's history to race and ethnicity in the U.S. to social class and inequality. This interdisciplinary approach makes our graduates extremely knowledgeable — and marketable.

While pursuing the major, you'll learn what it takes to be a confident, approachable and inclusive teacher. Through projects, labs and fieldwork, you'll gain the tools and skills needed to develop successful students. The opportunity to assist teachers in their classrooms throughout your four years — as well as student teach for a full semester — will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.

Many UWEC education majors choose to take their learning a step further by studying abroad, enrolling in cultural immersion programming or participating in the National Student Exchange program. These experiences allow you to explore history, traditions and educational practices across the globe and help you to become an informed, culturally competent educator.

While at UW-Eau Claire, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than just a degree. You'll use your knowledge and passion for social studies to inspire and educate the next generation, shaping them into curious and capable students and citizens along the way.  

Leadership and travel experiences impact a future educator

Madalyn McCabe’s experiences as a student helped her land a role in an immersion program to Hawaii to look at cultural preservation through tourism. Taking her national travel experiences abroad, Madalyn also participated in an international immersion program to five countries in central Europe, allowing her to live and see the study abroad experience in a month’s time. 

Madalyn hopes to use her travel and student leadership experiences in her classroom as a future educator in social studies. 

“It will inform how I teach my students in the future, particularly using a culturally responsive lens when teaching my students and making sure they’re represented in the content,” she said. 

Why teaching - social studies, history emphasis at UW-Eau Claire?

Fascinating research opportunities. UW-Eau Claire has earned national recognition for the research opportunities it provides to its students — something you'll certainly experience while part of the history department. Working alongside faculty on unique and challenging projects, you’ll build your communication, analytical, data management and problem-solving skills. You’ll also have a chance to present your findings at local, state and national research conferences. This wealth of experience will set you apart and give you a competitive edge when applying for teaching jobs. 

Cultural immersion and service-learning opportunities. Many education majors choose to enhance their education by engaging in cultural immersions. You may student teach in Kenai, Alaska or participate in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage. These experiences often lead to new ways of thinking and a better understanding of the students in your future classrooms.

Diverse, explorative curriculum. A variety of electives within the program allow you to study the areas that most interest you. Curriculum includes topics related to history, American Indian studies, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. This multidisciplinary approach will surround you with different perspectives, people and ways of thinking.

A supportive learning environment. While pursuing the teaching - social studies, history emphasis major, you'll be surrounded by people who, like you, are interested in history and working with children and young adults. Expert faculty throughout the program will help you learn a variety of teaching and learning strategies as well as foundational knowledge of social sciences. 

Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

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Quick facts

Teaching - social studies, history emphasis program details:
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. 
Student organizations
  • Aspiring Educators
  • History Enthusiasts of UWEC
  • Phi Alpha Theta - Lambda Omicron

Licensure information

Completion of teacher preparation programs at UW-Eau Claire meets licensure requirements in Wisconsin. Our programs may not meet requirements in other states. It is very important that individuals seeking licensure in another state obtain the most recent certification/licensure information directly from the state in which they seek employment. Find contact information on each state licensure office here.

Licensure requirements can change at any time. UW-Eau Claire’s Teacher Education Program Office ensures that our programs meet the requirements for licensure in Wisconsin. If you seek licensure in another state, be aware that their requirements could change at any time.

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure concerning whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. Obtaining a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state is usually helpful and strongly recommended.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. Licensure grade levels vary from state to state. Students who are eligible for a specific grade range in Wisconsin may be licensed for a narrower grade range in another state. Each state determines grade ranges for licensing differently.
  4. State licensure requirements may change at any time. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Not Applicable

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

What can I do with a teaching - social studies, history emphasis degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's teaching - social studies, history emphasis major is competitive, rigorous and known for producing top-notch history teachers. Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach any social studies course in grades 4-12 — with special expertise and in-depth knowledge of history specifically. Our alumni go on to teach at schools throughout Wisconsin and nationwide, making a positive impact wherever they go. 

Where are teaching - social studies, history emphasis alumni now?

Teaching - social studies, history emphasis bachelor's degree program curriculum

With a teaching - social studies, history emphasis bachelor's degree, you will learn how to become a confident instructor, prepared to teach social studies and history to a variety of ages. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, a semester of student teaching provides real-world learning and opportunities to make valuable professional connections.

What classes do teaching - social studies, history emphasis majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the teaching - social studies, history emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.

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Department information

Multiple departments support this program. Learn more about them!

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Education for Equity and Justice

Centennial Hall 3215
1698 Park Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the Education for Equity and Justice department website
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Hibbard Humanities Hall 701
124 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the History department website