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

Nathan Minton

Born and raised in Granite Falls, NC, Nathan Minton attended Caldwell Early College High School. As a young child, his family would often travel to Boone for Sunday afternoon visits. Once he...


Deziree Baker

Deziree Baker ('18) found her inspiration to teach thanks to a psychology professor at Johnston Community College, whose approach to teaching made her want to become an educator one day. "She made...

Faculty & Staff

Dale Simmons

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 the University of...

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