B.A. Social Science: Secondary Education Preparation

At Hope, the Social Science program prepares students to enter a Teaching Credential program in California for Single Subject Secondary Teaching in the Social Sciences. Christian ethics are integrated into each course, providing students with opportunities to consider the types of issues they will encounter as secondary teachers, particularly in a public school setting, in the increasingly diverse landscape of California. The program also prepares students for credentialing or licensure in most other states. Your adviser can help you develop a specific plan for any state credentials.

The program is offered as a Contract Major in cooperation with California State University, Fullerton, which means that students take a majority of courses at HIU and a few supplementary courses at CSUF. The B.A. in Social Science program is 125 units.


Career Opportunities

  • Middle School Teaching
  • Junior High School Teaching
  • High School Teaching
  • Tutoring and Test Preparation
  • Career Counseling for High School Students

Career resources

  • The California Department of Education - This site should be the first stop for anyone interested in becoming an educator in the State of California. Here you will find information about credential requirements, the steps to meeting those requirements, and information about significant education issues in the State of California.
  • The California Teacher’s Association - The CTA is an organization dedicated to promoting the teaching profession in California through media campaigns, legislative action, and professional organization. It also provides a number of resources for current and future teachers.
  • The National Education Association - The NEA is the national body that promotes the teaching profession, much in the same fashion as the CTA does in California. It can be helpful in directing to licensing in states other than California. It also has a page specifically dedicated to college students interested in becoming educators. You will find it under “College Students” on the front page.
  • The United States Department of Education - The federal Department of Education also has resources of interest to teachers and educators, current and future. You can keep up here on national issues that affect education such as federal mandates and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Interesting Courses

  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Teaching Practicum
  • American Government
  • California History and Government
  • The Modern Middle East
  • History Seminar on the 1960s

Real World Opportunities

As a student in the Social Science: Secondary Education Preparation program, you have a number of opportunities to take your studies off campus. Each student completes a practicum that involves observation and discussion with secondary teachers working in the field. In addition, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our study abroad programs, which will provide you with an opportunity to experience different world cultures.


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Nathaniel Miller
B.A. Social Science' 08

English Language Teacher

"By studying at HIU many doors were opened to me that I never even knew existed. My academics improved, my mind opened to other cultures, and my understanding of God's word broadened. As I am now teaching English in Korea, I find that the tools I developed at HIU are bearing fruit.”

Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

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Nathaniel Miller
B.M. Social Science '08

English Language Teacher

"I really enjoyed the Social Science major at Hope because of the knowledgeable professors who expanded my horizons. One of the biggest advantages I had at Hope was the small class sizes. It allowed me to build personal relationships with my professors, which in turn sharpened my academic edge."

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Michael Johnson
Social Science: Secondary Education Preparation Major

"By attending both Hope and Cal State Fullerton, I have benefited by encountering a variety of people with diverse world views and backgrounds, which will aid me when I begin my teaching career since I will be interacting with people with different backgrounds, personalities, and/or belief systems than my own. This program has given me the best of both worlds - attending a small private university and a large public university."