Social Studies Education

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  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Education (After an approved degree)


  • Lethbridge



Program description

As an Education major, a student develops a strong knowledge base in the subject area they intend to teach. They also receive in-depth preparation in how to teach, including both general and subject area instructional methods. The following degree-majors can be combined with a Bachelor of Education (Social Studies Education) degree:

  • Anthropology
  • Canadian Studies
  • Economics
  • General Major in the Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Anthropology studies the diversity of human behaviour and life in every part of the world. It examines the material, social, and cultural conditions of human behaviour and life from this locally global perspective.

Canadian Studies offers students the opportunity to concentrate their studies on facets of the Canadian national experience such as history, economics, geography, government and politics, sociology, literature, and aboriginal culture.

Economics is the study of how market forces reflect decisions made by individuals, businesses, and governments. It is also about evaluating the performance of institutions. It shows us how to compare different arrangements for achieving economic and societal goals.

Geography is a diverse discipline, encompassing the study of spatial organization, environmental change and regional models in both human and natural systems. Geographers employ theories and techniques from the social and natural sciences as well as emerging information technologies.

A General Major in the Social Sciences, unlike a single discipline major, allows you to customize your course selection to your interests and abilities. Students in this program will focus on three streams; in addition to the majors listed above, students can also choose from Kinesiology, Native American Studies, and Women & Gender Studies.

The study of History provides a profound understanding of the present, human behaviours and actions, and cultural and ethical issues, as well as a sense of direction and identity.

Political Science is the study of how society governs itself municipally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. It closely examines individual political parties and their underlying frameworks.

Sociology provides the conceptual and methodological framework to understand society. Its primary goal is to stimulate sociological thinking, applying imagination and critical analysis to the many facets of social life.

Possible careers

  • Teaching
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Alumni Relations Coordinator
  • Education Researcher
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Assistant Cultural Artifact Specialist
  • Historian
  • Biographer

Admission requirements


​​​First-year students cannot enter directly into Faculty of Education programs. You must complete two years in a Pre-Education program before applying for admission to the Faculty. Admission to Education is competitive, so your entry depends on your university grade-point average (GPA) and meeting other program specific requirements. The general requirements for education programs include:

  • Education 2500
  • A minimum of 14 graded university-level courses (42 credit hours)
  • A minimum number of courses in teachable subject matter with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • A competitive post-secondary grade-point average

For more complete admission requirements, visit the Faculty of Education. Please also review the additional information below to see if there are any additional requirements for this major.


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Sample classes

  • Anthropology 2510: Language, Culture, and Communication
  • History 2102: Early Modern Europe - 1500-1750
  • Education 2500: Orientation to Teaching
  • Education 4311: World Issues and Problems in Education
  • Education 4321: Social Issues in Education

Additional information

Admission to the Faculty of Education:

  • Application Deadline | February 1
  • Document Deadline | March 1

The Faculty of Education does not grant direct entry. Students complete two years in a Pre-Education program prior to applying for admission to the Faculty. After two years of Pre-Education, admission to the Faculty of Education is competitive and is based on your university grades and meeting other requirements. The required average will vary depending on your area of study.

Combined Degrees:€“ B.A. / B.Ed.
Students may meet the Social Studies major requirements by completing a major in Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology or Urban and Regional Studies, or the General Major with a focus on three disciplines within the Social Sciences.

See program overview for the Combined Degrees Program
See the Combined Degrees Program Planning Guides

If You Already Have a Degree
At the time of admission, if your degree is approved, both certification and BEd requirements may be met with the completion of 20 courses in Education.

See program overview for the After Degree Program

If you are thinking of transferring to the University of Lethbridge to complete a degree in Education, your admission to the Faculty will depend on where you are in your current program.

You may be considered for direct entry to the Faculty of Education if you have already completed a minimum of 14 graded university-level courses (42 credit hours) and meet all other admission requirements.

If you haven't yet completed these requirements, you can apply to be a part of the Pre-Education program in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Fine Arts or Management. Learn more about what you need to transfer to the Faculty of Education.