Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Social Studies Education Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

Earn your bachelor’s degree in social studies education in an accredited program at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.

The Social Studies Education bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary prepares students for careers in social studies education for grades 7-12. After completing the Social Studies Education program, you will be highly qualified to teach in the area of history and one of the following other social studies areas: economics, political science, or geography. You will also receive teaching preparation in anthropology, sociology, and psychology.

The undergraduate social studies education program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Social Studies Education Program Highlights

The Social Studies Education bachelor’s degree program provides a well-rounded social science program rooted in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values of the University of Mary. The social studies curriculum is designed to expose students to critical thinking skills and cultural diversity while encouraging respect for others.

  • Learn critical teacher preparation and classroom skills through a curriculum that combines theoretical and practical approaches to social studies education.
  • Develop leadership, decision-making, and ethical skills in a bachelor’s degree program grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.
  • Participate in an educational leadership conference and the Emerging Leaders Academy, a four-year program in educational leadership.
  • Take part in mentoring and collaborative research activities with full-time faculty with K-12 teaching experience.
  • Get involved in local and regional professional organizations as either a participant or presenter.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Social Studies Education bachelor’s degree program will be prepared to teach grades 7-12 social studies classes. The University of Mary Department of Education has a placement rate of over 90 percent.  

The Social Studies Education Bachelor of Science program includes a well-rounded course of study in the social science disciplines of American Indian studies, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology.

HIS 101 or 102; 271 or 272; 300-400 US history elective; 300-400 world history elective; 300-400 diversity history elective; HIS 490; PSY 201, 205 (for Middle School Endorsement, PSY 332 is required); 12 credit hours in each of two of the following areas: political science, geography, or economics; lab science requirement for education; math requirement for education; EDU 200 or 202, 295, 301, 310, 320, 365, 367, 373, 401, 411, 421,423; 438; ALU 499.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 


Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisors: Dr. Chad Litton

For more information about the Social Studies Education program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social studies education, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: