Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education, Grades 6-12


Department of History and Political Science

Southeastern's Social Studies Education program prepares students for careers as middle school and high school teachers in the fields of American History, Anthropology, Civics (Political Science), Economics (Free Enterprise), Geography, Sociology and World History. Students in the program learn to read intelligently, think analytically, write clearly, assess past trends, predict future developments and understand the real world as they prepare for virtually any career or graduate studies.

Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • Middle or high school teacher in the following areas:
    • American history
    • Anthropology
    • Civics (political science)
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Sociology
    • World history

Types of Employers

  • High schools
  • Middle schools


  • Faculty have won awards for excellence in teaching, research and service, produced a host of scholarly publications – many of which have attracted an international readership – and held important offices in professional organizations

  • The department is closely affiliated with the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the Florida Parishes Social Science Research Center

  • The department sponsors the Constitution Day Lecture (September), the "Then and Now" Fanfare History and Politics Lecture Series (October), the Veterans Day Lecture (November), the Black History and Politics Lecture Series (February), the Women's History Month Lecture Series (March), and the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture (April).

  • The department hosts the Region VIII Social Studies Fair (March)

  • Honors curriculum available

  • Passage rate of program graduates taking the social studies portion of the PRAXIS II exam has been at or near 100 percent in recent years


  • Total semester hours required: 127


  • History

  • Political Science


  • Bachelor of Arts in History

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

  • Master of Arts in History


  • HIPS Society

  • Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)

  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society)


Contact Information


Mailing address: SLU 10895, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: Fayard Hall, Room 335

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