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

Hannah Carpenter

Hannah Carpenter is an ASU Education Peer Ambassador from Stanley, NC (in Gaston County). She arrived at App State as a Junior by credits from Gaston Early College High School, which allowed her to...


Kara Old

With a last name such as Old, teaching history is an ironic and great path for Kara Old to take! During her time at App State, Kara served as an ASU Education Peer Ambassador. She credits her high...

Faculty & Staff

Myra Pennell

[Retired Faculty] Dr. Myra Pennell knows education. After completing her B.A. in History from Appalachian State University, she worked for 22 years in Caldwell County Schools, both as a history...

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