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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.  

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Preparing culturally responsive teachers

A spring break immersion program is helping education majors learn how to create culturally responsive instruction. For 10 days, UWEC students observed Tucson Unified School District teachers, identifying how to create a comfortable and academically enriching environment for students of all ethnicities, races, beliefs and creeds. 

An important takeaway for future history teacher Nicholas Sabin was seeing how educators empowered their students by increasing the degree to which they see historically prominent figures that look like them and have the same cultural experience.

"For a district that is predominantly Hispanic and Latino, the materials they read and analyze reflect their community," he explained. "They read books with similar themes to those that I read — family, self-reassurance, emotional adolescence — but the themes are folded into topics like deportation, minority women’s rights and lives, and growing up in low socioeconomic communities in the Southwest."

The program is an excellent example of the many unique learning opportunities available to students and reflects how well our future teachers are prepared to make a positive, lasting impact on their students. 

Teaching - social studies, history emphasis degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements, but there are also additional scholarships reserved for students seeking a social studies teaching degree. For example, the Rakstis Social Studies Scholarship awards $850 to students who wish to teach social studies, economics, geography, history, political science or sociology.

Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your social studies teaching degree. 

Learn more about our financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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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

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

  1. The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
  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 of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
  4. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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

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. 

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.

What jobs can you get 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.

Classes for teaching - social studies, history emphasis majors may include:

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

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