Bachelor of Arts in History Social Studies Teaching

About the History Social Studies Teaching, BA

Our History Social Studies Teaching program is committed to building community through the power of education. The study of history can serve as a bridge between people, connecting communities through shared experiences and understanding. Our History Social Studies Teaching program aims to prepare educators who embody this principle, creating strong and vibrant communities that celebrate diversity and the power of learning.

Visit Department Website

Why Study Social Studies Teaching at CWU?

We focus on cultivating educators who not only possess a strong foundation in historical knowledge, but also have a passion for fostering understanding, empathy, and connection within their classrooms and beyond.

Through a combination of traditional classroom learning and practical teaching experiences, you will learn to present the past effectively and engage your students in thoughtful discussions and research projects. By doing so, your students will become part of a compassionate and informed citizenry who can appreciate the importance of historical context in contemporary society.

“The History program has provided me ample opportunities to explore my personal interests in conjunction with expanding my understanding of history at large.” Mike Nelson is a History Teaching major and will graduate in Spring 2024.

Where is this program offered?

How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Careers & Opportunities

Discover the diverse range of career paths available, from becoming a dedicated high school history teacher to shaping the future of education as a curriculum specialist. Your passion for history can make a meaningful impact on the lives of students and society.

  • Social Studies or History Teacher: The average annual salary for Washington secondary teachers is $73,756. Employment of high school teachers in Washington State is projected to grow 4.4%. With a master's degree, you could earn even more.
  • Curriculum Specialist: With your knowledge, you could develop, design, and evaluate curriculum materials and instructional strategies to support effective teaching and learning in educational settings.
  • Educational Program Coordinator: An educational program coordinator is responsible for overseeing and managing various aspects of an educational program, including planning, implementation, and evaluation, to ensure its success and alignment with organizational goals.


Our History Club meets in conjunction with Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history, at Central. Our purpose is to make an open and enjoyable space for those with any interest in history. The Club focuses on the needs of the membership, with an emphasis on collaborative learning and improvement. We sponsor events such as movie nights, guest lectures, study groups, and game nights. All are welcome.

Related Programs

Students working on art projects in the hallway


Art, BA

Join a dynamic and vibrant community of artists and a faculty of accomplished professionals in the Art, BA at CWU.

Students learning about art at a Poster Show


Art Education, BA

Your future as an art educator starts here, and we can't wait for you to teach the next generation of artists.

More Programs

Questions? Contact Us.

History Department