Social Studies

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About the program

The Social Studies major is designed for students who seek a broad, but structured and well-integrated, education in the social sciences. Students can achieve breadth of learning and versatility in its applications through this multidisciplinary program of study. Combined with a minor in Education, the Social Studies major is excellent preparation for those planning to teach history, government, or economics at the secondary school level.

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Social Studies and includes courses such as:

  • Western Civilization
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political Geography
  • Virginia History
  • American History
  • American Government
  • State & Local Government
  • Modern Ideologies
  • Historiography
  • Population, Food, & Environmen

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Social Studies:

  • Student Virginia Education Association
  • Political Science Association
  • SGA: Student Government Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta: Honorary Group for Social Studies

Student Teaching

History Courses with an experiential component

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

What can I be with a major in Social Studies?

A major in Social Studies leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Teacher
  • Politician
  • Lobbyist
  • City Manager
  • Congressional Aide
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Anthropologist
  • Public Health Official
  • Government Intelligence Analyst

Tim Daniels
Assistant Professor of History
Program Coordinator of History and Social Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of Alabama
BA/BS Hampden-Sydney College

Richard Smith
Professor of History
Ph.D., Rutgers University
(540) 365-4390

Faculty members in Political Science and Economics also teach courses in the Social Studies program.

Find Out More

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