Bachelor of Science in History/Social Studies Education

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The History Education Program (HEP) at Appalachian State assists students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in History/Social Studies Education. The degree is housed in the Department of History (College of Arts and Sciences) and includes a rigorous and diverse selection of courses in history, the social sciences, and education. Students work closely with the HEP advisor to complete the program of study, which also includes several internship opportunities with public schools. HEP-affiliated faculty teach courses specific to history/social studies education that help prepare our majors for their careers.

Upon completing all requirements, students will also earn a North Carolina license to teach 9-12 Social Studies. Graduates of the program are employed all over the country, and some have international teaching jobs. Their teaching licenses are easily transferred to other states through North Carolina's reciprocal agreements.

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Current Majors

Edgar Blanco

A native of Selma, NC, Edgar Blanco is beginning his first year as a Mountaineer. He is one of five History Education majors this year to be accepted into the Appalachian Community of Education...


Hayley McCulloch

Hayley McCulloch ('19) wants to help students think critically about the world they live in, and she sees the study of history as a way of helping adolescents forge a more equitable society. A...

Faculty & Staff

Dale Simmons

[Retired Faculty] Dr. Dale Simmons received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in History from Appalachian State University in 1970 and 1972 respectively. He earned his Ed.D (Curriculum and Teaching) from...

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