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Bachelor's in Social Studies

Do you have a love for learning history and studying modern politics and world affairs? If so, the BS in Social Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University was designed to help you channel your interests into a career. Upon completion, students can pursue a variety of careers in teaching, politics, law, ministry, nursing, journalism, business, and social work. At our Christian university, you can learn how to integrate biblical principles into a virtuous career in the social sciences.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Social Studies at IWU?

There are several benefits to declaring your social studies major at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience as teachers, researchers, journalists, ministers, and a variety of other careers. Their insight, guidance, and 1:1 support can help you succeed throughout the program. We also provide additional student services, from tutoring to career guidance, for all our students. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this BS in Social Studies Program?

The courses in this BS in Social Studies are designed to help students explore this dynamic field of study while developing a clear professional path beyond graduation. The student experience combines traditional classroom learning with research-based learning and collaborative projects. Course topics cover educational technology, principles of teaching, psychology, American government, economics, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Social Studies

Coursework for this social studies major can teach you how to:

  • Understand the history, principles, problems, and philosophy of public education in American society
  • Learn effective literacy strategies for the secondary content classroom
  • Study the key concepts and theories utilized to assess contemporary global affairs and world politics
  • Apply biblical principles to your career

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teacher
  • Geography Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Sociology Teacher
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Teacher
  • Social Science Research Assistant

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  1. Completion of at least 124 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a major GPA of 2.25 or higher or as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  4. Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements

Attendance at graduation exercises is expected. Please notify Registration and Academic Services if you need to graduate “in absentia” and will not be present for the ceremony.

Students may receive one degree only per commencement. A student who is enrolled in two majors with different degrees may select which major is considered the first major so that the appropriate degree will be awarded at the ceremony. Students meeting requirements for more than one degree must apply for and participate in two different ceremonies. Any university-approved dual degree program is an exception to this policy.

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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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