North Central College - Naperville, IL

Social Science/History

Why choose social science/history at North Central College?

When you complete a combined major in history and one of the social sciences—including political science, economics, geography and sociology—you’ll be equipped to teach a variety of social studies classes in secondary schools. Here you’ll work closely with top professors, conducting primary research and developing exceptional writing skills. And you’ll hone your teaching abilities in some of the nation’s best public schools, obtaining valuable classroom experience early and often as you work toward teacher licensure.

You can also:

  • Conduct research with the College’s distinguished professors as early as your first year—no teaching assistants here.
  • Complete field experiences and residency assignments at excellent area schools.
  • Gain experience, compete for scholarships, and work with high-need students through North Central’s Junior/Senior Scholars, and Teach First programs.
  • Take your place among the North Central graduates who routinely stand out from the crowd in landing coveted teaching positions.

News

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view archival materials during an open house Aug. 11.
North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

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Internships

  • Coaching management, North Central College
  • Exploring diversity intern, Ryerson Elementary, Chicago
  • Exploring diversity intern, Simmons Middle School, Aurora, IL

Graduates schools

Recent graduates in social science/history have been accepted at:

  • Loyola University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Wisconsin

Careers

Social science/history graduates routinely find teaching positions in districts within a 30-mile radius of North Central, like:

  • Aurora and East Aurora School Districts
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Naperville Community School District 203
  • Naperville Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202
Social Science / History major

"My professors and coaches have influenced my life so much, helping me be a better person, and I want to give back to others as a teacher and a coach."

Steve’s passion and experience for teaching history were cultivated both inside and outside the classroom. He credits the many opportunities and hours he spent with his professors just talking about history and learning how to develop his research and writing skills. His goal is to pass along his knowledge and passion to his future students.

"We have some of the brightest people in the country teaching right here. Professor Ann Keating is a leading historian in Chicago. And my other professors have published multiple times and have elite school...

Social Science / History major, secondary education minor

Amy has known she wanted to teach social studies in a high-need middle school. Now she has the skills and preparation. “I feel North Central is really focused on equipping students to be teachers. When I come into a new classroom or meet new students, I’m well prepared for what I’ll face.”

Part of that preparation included diverse courses required for her major, from economics and methods to political science, sociology and history. “These have been the most amazing classes in my whole college experience. The program is well rounded and I take what I’ve learned and apply it out in the field with my students.”

Her professors, she says, “are great at getting us to connect how certain events in...

Social Science / History major

Laura is mastering multiple subjects by studying social science/history at North Central College.

“You become a well-rounded historian and get a taste of politics, geography, anthropology and sociology,” she says. “It’s a lot of work, but you pick up research and writing skills you can use for the rest of your life.”

Laura enjoys the out-of-class opportunities the College provides. She’s the viceroy of the North Central History Association—a group she helped create. Members engage in a variety of activities, including trips to historical landmarks­—both local and national.

“We hope to create a friendly and welcoming environment where both students and professors can engage in academic...