Social Science


This major will provide you with a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary perspective because it includes six-credit hour introductions to government, history, geography, economics, and sociology. You then complete a 24- credit hour concentration in government or history. You can pursue this major while seeking a North Carolina teacher licensure, and it is especially popular with those who have a strong interest in political science or history and anticipate teaching that subject. We do recommend, however, that most teacher licensure candidates pursue the stronger history discipline major or, as an alternative, the social science major with a history concentration. This major is also popular with students who wish to minor in another field in a separate department or school.

The Campbell Approach

One key benefit of our program is the variety and number of courses and concentrations from which you can choose. More than 50% of our courses are 300-400 level — generally taught by professors with a Ph.D. — and class size averages just 20 students. Moreover, a significant number of courses are crosslisted as both government and history, enabling you to more easily minor in this area. You can enhance your classroom experiences with field trips and an impressive array of clubs and organizations that promote student interaction and leadership. These include the College Republicans, College Democrats, North Carolina Student Legislature, Mock Trial Team, and Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences honor society) and Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society). In addition, all teaching licensure candidates perform student teaching. For example if you’re in the Social Science History Teaching concentration, you’ll student teach for two-thirds of the final semester of your senior year at a location close to the University.