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Social Studies

WANT TO SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES? TEACH! AT ONU, YOU CAN DELVE INTO ALL YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECTS – LIKE HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE – WHILE LEARNING HOW TO TEACH THESE SUBJECTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

SHARE YOUR PASSION

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.
 

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine student-teaching in England or Germany. Or studying abroad in England, China, Colombia, France, Korea, Ghana or Russia. Or participating in the Democratic or Republican National Convention. Or heading off to New York to compete in Model UN against college students from across the U.S. Or traveling with your professors – all expenses paid – to a major U.S. city to present your joint research findings. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places, and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab and lead to success in your career search.



Joy (Kessler) King

THINK SUCCESS

JOY (KESSLER) KING BA WITH A MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES ’09

Attending ONU was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Not only did I receive a rigorous and well-rounded education, but I also became actively involved in the University community. I truly felt the value of a small school and the personal touch it provided.

Joy (Kessler) King always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She chose the social studies major because the program encompassed many subjects that interested her, including world history, government, economics, American history, psychology and sociology. At ONU, she ran indoor and outdoor track and field. She was actively involved in many committees and honor societies. She tutored at-risk high school students and taught with a professor her senior year as a freshman peer assistant. Today, she’s a social studies teacher and cross country coach at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala, Ohio. Her teaching career has enabled her to develop courses and curriculum and lead international study-abroad trips. She loves that teaching allows her to be creative and impact lives each and every day.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Approximately 75 percent of students who begin this large major as a freshman graduate in four years.
  • In the last five years, 90 percent of our graduates were either employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • ONU social studies teachers are in high demand. Our graduates are employed locally and in other states such as North Carolina, Arizona and South Carolina.
  • 100 percent of ONU’s social studies teacher candidates who graduated within the last five years have passed their Ohio Assessment of Educators (OAE) (area content) exam.

COURSES

Majors must complete 61 hours spread across History, Political Science, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, and Economics – the Social Studies content areas.  They also must take 42 hours of courses in Education, including Student Teaching.  With General Education hours, students will earn their BA with a total of 140 hours. Courses include:

  • World Civilizations
  • United States History
  • African American History
  • World Regional Geography
  • American National Government
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

ONU graduates are in high demand and are teaching in the following states:

  • Ohio
  • Florida 
  • North Carolina 
  • Pennsylvania 
  • Delaware 
  • California
  • West Virgina
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Virgina
  • Alaska
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Arizona

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent social studies graduates have ended up: Sheridan County School District, Licking Heights High School, Hilliard Darby High School and Wapakoneta High School

Department of History, Politics, and Justice

Dorothy Brown

419-772-2090
d-brown.5@onu.edu
Hill 204
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed