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Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

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The Department of History and Anthropology at the University of Central Missouri provides opportunities for students interested in studying the human experience, cultures, and civilization.

Social studies education is a prescribed course of study designed to train future social studies teachers. Students in the program will take a variety of social science courses in the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology as well as the requisite education curriculum. Upon completion of the requirements, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will certify the graduate to teach social studies in the secondary schools (grades 9-12).

On another level, social studies education has a broader social mission. According to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the primary purpose of social studies education is the promotion of civic competence among young students. The task, then, of the social studies education program is to prepare future teachers.

To accomplish this goal, the social studies program at University of Central Missouri will provide its majors with the coursework necessary to acquire the knowledge (social science content) and the skills (education theory and methods) to succeed as a classroom teacher of social studies. The social science coursework consists of 60 credit hours (20 courses) and the education coursework consists of 28 credit hours (11 courses).

About the Faculty

UCM's Department of History and Anthropology has a distinguished reputation. Its faculty is dedicated to the growth and professional development of their students, in addition to being actively involved in research, writing and public service. Faculty members have published many books and articles, participated in regional, national and international conferences, and received numerous grants and awards for study and research. In addition to their wide range of academic and professional experience, all members of the department's faculty have earned doctorates in their fields of expertise. UCM's 17 to 1 student-faculty ratio allows for personalized attention for each student.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through international study and participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. The History and Anthropology Clubs provide opportunities for members to have personal and informal association with the department's faculty and other history and anthropology students outside the classroom. Qualified students may also seek membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, which encourages excellence in the study of history.

Special Facilities

UCM houses some extraordinary collections. History and anthropology faculty members are dedicated curators of the university's archives and museum, located in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. In addition to the museum's many collections and other historical items on display, various exhibits are featured throughout the year for public inspection. Students may also enhance their education through learning experiences at local facilities, such as Blind Boone Park, the Howard School, and Pertle Springs, and through international opportunities.


Students have the opportunity to pursue internships that will enhance their knowledge skills and provide real world experiences. Interns have been placed at the Truman Library in Independence, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and at archives/ museums in Jefferson City, Johnson County and Henry County, to name just a few.


The Department of History and Anthropology presents Semester Achievement Awards to students who excel academically. Other scholarships available include the Demand Scholarship in history, A.E. Twomey Scholarship in history, and A.F. McClure Scholarship in archives.

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