Prepare yourself for a rewarding career with a social studies major leading to a teaching certificate from a Christian college. Our social studies teaching certificate in PA qualifies you to teach in PA schools and it's transferable to teaching in all other states. A Geneva College social studies major combines a degree in either history or political science with an education degree and professional teacher certification. You’ll receive the preparation you need to teach U.S. history and civics, as well as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology, or to pursue further academic study. Wherever your interests lead you, you’ll bring with you the benefits of a program designed to produce servant-leaders with a Christian point of view and the best interests of God’s world and His people at heart.
Our social studies major leading to teacher certification program stands out from those of other social studies schools in Pennsylvania because of its well-rounded perspective. Our goal is to prepare you to serve wherever life beyond college takes you. For instance, while you’ll graduate with accreditation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, all 50 states offer a level of certification reciprocity to graduates of Geneva College.
Here are some of the courses you may encounter along the way, depending on whether you choose history or political science:
You can also take advantage of field experience opportunities in local classrooms and out-of-town summer programs, such as the Institute of Comparative Economic and Political Systems at Georgetown University.
And as a Geneva College student, you can be sure that we will always help you understand your experiences off campus in light of the Christian principles at the heart of Geneva’s philosophy. That’s an important difference between us and other social studies schools in PA.
As with any major at Geneva College, you’ll complete 43-49 credits of core curriculum courses in addition to your specific area of study and Education Department coursework. Some requirements and opportunities related to the individual paths include:
You’re preparing yourself for a wide variety of careers with a social studies degree. First of all, with the dual focus of your Geneva College social studies major and teacher certification, you’ll be ready to step into the classroom and share your passion for history or political science with students, as well as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. If teaching isn’t your calling, there are plenty of other opportunities for graduates to begin rewarding careers with a social studies degree. Consider pursuing options such as campaign staff positions, journalism, law enforcement, law school and other graduate studies, legislative staff positions, ministry, museum and library careers, policy analysis, private sector management, service in government, and politics.
U.S. News & World Report recognizes Geneva College as a Top 10 Best Value School out of all North Region colleges, accounting for our academic quality and the net cost of attendance for those receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.
For the second year in a row, Geneva’s ABET-accredited engineering program placed in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation.
Geneva was named a Christian College of Distinction, affirming the school’s dedication to high quality academics founded on the inerrant truth of God’s word.
Designated as a Pennsylvania College of Distinction, Geneva is recognized as one of the best places in the state for students to learn, to grow, and to succeed.
As a College of Distinction, Geneva is nationally recognized for providing outstanding preparation that is highly valued by graduate schools and employers.
Geneva College placed in the Top 20 Regional College North Rankings as identified by U.S. News & World Report.
Geneva College ranks in the top 45 out of 402 colleges in Pennsylvania analyzed for return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a prevalent resource for college affordability and financial aid information.