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Social Science/History

Why pursue a social science/history degree at North Central College?

A combined major in history and the social sciences equips you to teach political science, economics, geography and psychology subjects in social studies classrooms. Historically minded individuals are the masters of the past, devoting their careers to studying and teaching notable events such as conflicts, political milestones and social movements; North Central’s program is designed to prepare you to work towards teacher licensure in this area. At North Central College you will study history from around the world. A successful graduate from this program will likely go on to be a secondary school teacher, but might go on to be a history professor, museum archivist or curator, historical advisor or attend graduate school. In this program, you’ll gain solid writing and analytical skills that will be valuable in any career you choose.


  • Providing transformative learning experiences for students
  • Collecting and evaluating information from primary sources to answer questions around history
  • Analyzing written records, physical artifacts and other evidence to present findings and create value for modern society

then a degree in SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY might be for you.

Why study social science/history at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • American Political System
  • Asia’s Rapid Industrialization
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Economics and Social Issues
  • European Intellectual History
  • Global History and Geography
  • Historical Methods
  • Immigration and U.S Ethnic Identity
  • International Relations
  • Japanese History
  • Nineteenth Century Europe: Sex and Mass Hysteria
  • Psychology: Science of Behavior
  • Science, Religion and Magic in Early Modern Europe
  • Twentieth Century Europe: Hitler Versus Stalin
  • U.S. and Illinois to 1865
  • U.S. and Illinois from 1865–1945
  • U.S. and Illinois since 1945
  • World Wars of the 20th Century

Beyond the Classroom

As a social science/history major, you can:

  • 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.

Related Information

If you are interested in Social Science/History, you may also want to learn more about our History major and History department.



Social Science/History, B.A.

The Social Science/History Major is designed for students seeking to teach Social Studies at the high school level, but it is open to all students. Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a Secondary Education Major. Social Science/History Majors complete 32 credit hours in History so they have an in-depth knowledge of this discipline. They take a three-course sequence of 200-level U.S. History courses, which includes Illinois History.  Social Science/History Majors also take courses in Political Science, Economics and Geography to give them the broader overview of the Social Sciences needed to teach Social Studies. They take 12 credit hours of Political Science to prepare them for an endorsement to teach Government in addition to History.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see History.

History Coursework



U.S. History Courses

Non-U.S. History Courses

  • Eight credit hours of World History or European History, at or above the 200-level

Advanced History Seminars

  • Eight credit hours of History at the 300-level [expected to be Non-U.S. courses]


Social Science Coursework


Students seeking teaching licensure must also complete the Secondary Education major requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Social Science/History Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


Recent graduates in social science/history have served as:

  • 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


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
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202

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