Our social studies program will turn you into an outstanding social studies teacher. Our program is different from what you’ll find at most universities. In addition to social studies, you’ll earn a secondary major in history and the equivalent of a minor in education, and most students do it in only four years.

Here, you’ll experience a well-rounded program with courses in history, political science, economics, geography, psychology and sociology. In addition, you’ll take education courses and spend time observing and teaching in local classrooms. You’ll learn about adolescent development, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching and more. You’ll graduate ready to be licensed to teach social studies, grades seven to 12 in the state of Ohio but many graduates also teach elsewhere. 

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our social studies majors observe and teach in rural, suburban and urban school districts. They assist professors with research, co-author academic papers, and present at regional and national conferences. They study abroad and lead student organizations. All of these can help you get that first job!

From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, student teaching and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and help open doors for you.

It takes a special blend of knowledge, passion and skill to teach. Rest assured; when you graduate from ONU, you’ll be ready to take your place in the classroom.