Program

120

Total Credits

40

Total Classes

On Ground

Format

The Social Studies Education program is designed to parallel Social Science and History with special emphasis on teaching techniques needed by candidates for Education Certification at the elementary and secondary levels.

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“I believe that studying the past can inspire goals for the future. Stories of activism and perseverance may serve as models for future leaders. History is an exploration that assists not only in comprehending the past but also in sharpening tools to critically analyze the current world.”

Dr. Julieanna Frost

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Julieanna Frost

Learn what the Siena Effect can do for you.

The Social Studies Education program is designed to parallel Social Science and History with special emphasis on teaching techniques needed by candidates for Education Certification at the elementary and secondary levels.

History and Social Science students at Siena Heights experience a variety of classroom and extracurricular learning opportunities. Class size is typically 15-20 students, enabling students to develop effective discussion skills. Students learn from video- and web-based presentations as well as instructor lectures, classroom activities and other learning adventures.


Elizabeth LaFray
Assistant Professor of History; Program Coordinator
elafray@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7677

History and Social Science are research-based studies using transferable skills for living and working and building the future. To complete either a History or Social Science major, students present a senior research project demonstrating both research and content proficiency.


  • An interdisciplinary approach to the study of history, social studies and social science
  • Diachronic and thematic teaching approaches by professors with a wide breadth of knowledge
  • Faculty mentors who work closely with students to reach their career goals

History and the Social Sciences are general degrees emphasizing transferable skills as well as specific curriculum content. The student with a major or minor in History or the Social Sciences is prepared for a broad array of career options as well as having the transitioning skills necessary for success in our rapidly changing 21st century world.

Typical careers chosen by History and Social Science graduates include:

  • Archaeologist
  • Civil Service (including National Park Service)
  • Foreign Service
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Political Leader
  • Public Historian (museums, historical theme parks, local history projects)
  • Teacher

  • Mu Lambda is the History/Social Science/Social Studies Education local Honor Society which recognizes both academic accomplishment and significant involvement in a wide range of community endeavors. Students who meet honors criteria can be nominated to pledge membership status upon completion of 24 semester hours of SHU coursework. Full membership status is reserved for graduating seniors who meet the criteria.
  • The Teacher Education Association for Community Help (T.E.A.C.H.) is an organization dedicated to reach out and help learners of the community who are in need, by providing supplies, support, and resources to enhance one’s education.

Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.