Learn more about the History, Social Science and Social Studies Education programs.
The study of History and the Social Sciences is the study of people and ideas, of events shaped by them and shaping them, and of concurrent conflicts and movements. These two majors are interchangeable, with History using tools from the Social Sciences to examine and interpret the meaning and significance of events, ideas, and movements, and Social Sciences using Historical Cases for political, economic, or geographic analysis in Political Science, Economics, or Geography courses.
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.
The study of History and the Social Sciences is also a way of learning how to see issues from different points of view, how to evaluate situations and solve problems from the past and in the present. History is both stories and their analysis to better explain our past and present. Social Studies Education students choose classes from both History and the Social Sciences along with classes from the Education program.
Coursework in History and the Social Sciences has settings defined by era (like present-day U.S. in the world), or by world regions (like Mideast, Europe, Southeast Asia), or by topic (like U.S. minorities, intellectual, economic). Some students choose to earn cooperative credit through supervised internships, museum work, student teaching and other pertinent experiences.
Meet the faculty members of the History, Social Science, and Social Studies Education programs.
Associate Professor of History517-264-7642
Learn about the career opportunities available with a degree in History, Social Science or Social Studies Education.
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:
- Civil Service (including National Park Service)
- Foreign Service
- Political Leader
- Public Historian (museums, historical theme parks, local history projects)
Learn about clubs and organizations related to History, Social Science and Social Studies Education.
Missing Link is the History/Social Science/Social Studies Education program sponsored student association. The organization facilitates field trips to museums, historical sites and specialized libraries which help supplement classroom experience. Missing Link members also participate in outreach programs like Habitat for Humanity, United Way projects and other collaborative endeavors.
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.
Meet Chet Hesson, Class of 2009
Current title/position: Assistant Athletic Director & Director of Compliance, Stetson University.
What Chet is doing: He is responsible for the administration and full oversight of a comprehensive NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference and Pioneer League rules compliance program at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. His primary duties include investigating and reporting rules infractions, administration of a comprehensive rules education program, preparation of waivers and releases, transfer evaluations, monitoring of playing and practicing seasons, recruiting, potential extra benefits, campus visits, social networking and the Stetson athletics website.
"My four years at Siena were very challenging between the academic rigor, working part-time, participating on two athletic teams, multiple surgeries and injuries that derailed me not only physically but mentally. But when it’s all said and done, that was the path that was laid out and it made me enjoy the successes, friendships created and resiliency needed to be successful and enjoy the simple things in life."