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 BC’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 College Difference

Dr. Shellie Brown of the School of Education says, “When students graduate from Bluefield College 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 College difference can impact your life.

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

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: August 19, 2021



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
Community Development Worker

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.