Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Social Studies Education Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Social Studies Education bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary prepares students for teaching careers in history, economics, political science, and geography. Additional preparation is provided in the areas of anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Those who complete this program are eligible for North Dakota licensure in these content areas for middle and high school grades.


All the University of Mary education programs are fully accredited by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and all CAEP national standards are fully met.


Social Studies Education Degree Program Highlights

The Social Studies Education bachelor’s degree program provides a well-rounded social science program rooted in Christian, Catholic, and 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, and 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 Outlook for Social Studies Education Majors

The median annual wage for high school teachers was $62,870 in May 2020. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

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.


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: