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Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education (5-12)

Social studies education includes the core disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, psychology and sociology. As a social studies teacher, you’ll play a critical role in helping learners understand themselves, their society and the global community. In addition to being prepared to teach social studies in grades 5-12, graduates have gone on to become curators in museums, trainers in business and curriculum developers for educational programs.

Why Study Social Studies at St. Thomas?

In this program you will:

  • Become a moral leader who will lead, work and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the 5-12 classroom.
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty who will inspire and sustain you throughout your career.
  • Learn from expert faculty closely connected with the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom.
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Career Paths


  • High School Teacher of History, Civics, Geography, Economics, Psychology or Sociology
  • Middle School Teacher of History, Civics, Geography, Economics, Psychology or Sociology
  • Museum Educator
  • History Day Program Associate
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Field Experience


Diverse field experiences in public, private, parochial and charter schools where we have deep relationships help you gain confidence in your teaching.
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Student Teaching


Your teaching experience begins as early as your first education course. By the time you graduate you’ll have completed one year of supervised student teaching.