Perhaps you're interested in a rewarding career in secondary education. Teaching social studies allows you to combine your individual interests with practical training and classroom experience within a profession that enriches the lives of students. Students who major in Social Studies Education will simultaneously earn a History degree.
Students who enroll in the Social Studies Education and History program will participate in a combined program of educational training and social studies content. The concentration in social studies includes historical perspectives, citizenship and American government. This is brought together with one or more focus areas in economics, geography, psychology or sociology. All of this is completed under the guidance of both the History and Political Science Department and the School of Education to ensure that students are prepared for a fulfilling teaching career.
Examples of courses in this major:
This global history course will examine important developments in the civilizations of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere from pre-history to the beginning of the development of world trade in the 16th century. Themes investigated will include politics and government, art and ideas, religion and philosophy, family and society, science and technology, earth and the environment, and interaction and exchange. An emphasis will be placed on showing how these meta-themes are manifested in cultures throughout the world. This course will also serve as an introduction to research methods in the field.
In this topical survey of the history of the United States to the end of World War II, students will be introduced to the major issues, developments and perennial questions that cut to the heart of American identity. The course will cover such topics as the ideological origins of the American nation, the historical relationship between state and national sovereignty, race and slavery, sectional tensions and the Civil War, social and religious movements, and the culture wars that continue to impact American society today.
This course includes several approaches to political philosophy. First, it provides a general overview of the dominant political ideologies from the ancient to the contemporary world. Second, it provides a general survey of some of the most influential political thinkers, whose writings and theories have given rise to the modern political landscape. This section will focus heavily on the development of western political thought but may include selections from Islamic civilization, southeast Asia or other non-western contexts. Third, this course will include an introduction to more recent thinkers, or even popular personalities, whose work is relevant to the intersection of faith and politics.
This is a course designed to give students an appreciation of Asia—specifically, China, India and Japan. Discussion will center on understanding the context of the physical, cultural, political and historical geography of its peoples. Students will also discuss and analyze the growing importance of Asia to the global economy.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to the profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
This course is a study of practical methods and materials in the broad areas of social studies education. Students will learn many classroom techniques and thus create a repertoire of methods appropriate for the secondary levels of education.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Humanities, Columbia International University; M.A. in Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Historical Division), University of Iowa,
Dr. Jared Burkholder specializes in American religious history. He has published research on the history of American evangelicalism, 18th century Moravian communities and Anabaptists in North America. Burkholder teaches courses in American history, politics, religion and the Middle East. He has traveled and researched in Europe, led a group of students on a study tour of Mexico, and is engaged in various writing projects, including co-editing a history of Grace College & Seminary entitled "Becoming Grace" (BMH 2015). He enjoys do-it-yourself home projects, restoring antique clocks and traveling. Jared and his wife, Connie, are originally from Pennsylvania and have three children.
B.A. in History and English, Spring Arbor University; M.Sc. in British History, University of Edinburgh, U.K.; Ph.D. in British History, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
Dr. Mark Norris is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, professor of European and world history, and he advises the pre-law and social studies education students. Norris is engaged in various writing projects dealing with Tudor England, the history of India, and religion in America during the early part of the 20th century. Additionally, he co-edited a volume on the history of Grace College & Seminary entitled "Becoming Grace" (BMH 2015). Norris has taken students on study trips to Scotland, India, and to areas in the South that were instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. He is coach of the Grace Mediation team. Mark and his wife, Marla, have three children and live in Warsaw, Indiana.
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Dr. Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010, she was appointed dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Dr. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Laurinda lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children—two of whom have already graduated from Grace.
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What others are saying:
During my time at Grace, my favorite classes and some of my closest friends came from the Department of History and Political Science. The professors go out of their way, both in and out of the classroom, to meet their students and get to know them. They offer insight, advice, assistance, and opportunities while fostering critical thinking, building research skills, and helping us look at the subject matter of each class as Christians, Americans, and members of the human race. Because of this, students feel free to voice opinions, hold amiable debates, ask hard-hitting questions, and formulate their own thoughts in a way that helps them not only grow academically, but spiritually as well.
- Chelsee Christoffel Hartsfield, B.S. Social Studies Education and History, 2016
The Department of History and Political Science at Grace College is truly unique. Students are encouraged to evaulate their preconceived worldviews and are given the flexibility to study topics they find interesting. The professors are gracious, funny, personable, and they facilitate a non-judgmental learning environment, [which] allows students to feel comfortable during the learning process. Two thumbs up for the Department of History and Political Science at Grace College!
- Melissa Morley, B.S. Social Studies Education, 2014
The Department of History and Political Science at Grace College challenged me not only in the discipline of history, but challenged my worldview, which in turn helped me grow both academically and spiritually. The faculty [are] student-minded and seek the best for each student by constructively critiquing our written work and research as well as opening up opportunities outside of the classroom to share with others and build on what we have learned in the classroom.
- Nina Ferry, B.S. Social Studies Education and History, 2013