History & Social Sciences Education 6-12 (BA) Program Overview

The study of history and the social sciences speaks to the very core of what it means to be human and to live a life of meaning. If you are thinking about majoring in history and yearn to have a direct impact on your community through teaching, this hybrid program is for you. At the heart of BU’s history and social sciences education degree is the desire to become a servant leader in the classroom. You’ll study the same courses as history and social sciences majors in addition to specialized education classes that prepare you for teacher licensure when you graduate.

The Bluefield University Difference

Dr. Shellie Brown of the School of Education says, “When students graduate from Bluefield University with a degree in teacher education, they are completely prepared for teaching with all of the necessary certifications, qualifications, knowledge, and skills. School districts want graduates from our teacher education program because we have a stellar reputation for preparing students for the classroom.” You’ll gain that preparation through rigorous courses and more than 100 hours of actual classroom observation that begin in your second or third semester. That fieldwork prepares you for a more successful student teaching experience.

We hope you’ll visit campus to see everything we offer and how the Bluefield University difference can impact your life.


The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: January 10, 2022

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (61 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)
  • United States History I & II (6 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
Core Requirements (42 Credits)

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Minority Issues in Criminal Justice
  • World Religions
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II
  • History & Historians
  • (Choose 1)
    • History of American Government & Politics
    • American Government & Politics
  • Renaissance & Reformation
  • History of Virginia
  • 20th Century America
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe 1815-Present
  • Senior Seminar
  • (Choose 1)
    • Ancient History
    • Medieval History
    • 19th Century America
    • Latin America History
    • History of the Middle East
    • The Civil War
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater; Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater; Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Social Studies: Content Knowledge (161 or greater)
Total Credits: 135

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

6-12 History Teacher
6-12 Social Studies Teacher
Civil Service Administrator
Archivist
Community Development Worker

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231