Oklahoma Baptist University

Social Sciences Education

Dr. John Powell
Professor of History
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Social Science Education is part of the Teacher Education Division in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

My degree options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in Social Sciences Education

What makes an OBU Social Sciences Education degree special?

Your degree from OBU prepares you for a career in education—anywhere. Maybe you want to return to your hometown, or maybe you want to teach in Bishkek or Katmandu. Either way you’ll be ready; your credentials will be unmatched. And because your professors really care about you as a person, they will model the compassion and dedication that will help you be successful in working with children and parents anywhere in the world.

What are OBU grads doing with their Social Sciences Education degrees?

Our graduates are finding teaching jobs throughout Oklahoma and across the country. Some are even teaching at international schools in other countries, such as the Moscow Economic School in Russia.

What courses can I take?

In addition to classes directly preparing you to work in the classroom (and what’s better than being prepared?), you can take a World Music Survey, Cultural Anthropology or a variety of courses in the European Studies Program in Strasbourg, France.

What do OBU Social Sciences Education faculty specialize in?

  • Dr. John Farris, chair of the department and instructor in Educational Foundations and Principles of Secondary Education, specializes in high school administration and the ethics of education.
  • Dr. Terry James teaches Methods of Classroom Discipline and Classroom Management and is a long-time school administrator who focuses on curriculum issues and federal programs.
  • Dr. John Powell, program advisor, has research and teaching interests in Modern European history, particularly 19th century Britain.

Departmental extras:

Secondary Social Studies Education majors stay busy developing their professional skills through extensive observations in area schools, but are also encouraged to participate in professional organizations such as Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education; and Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate majors in history. These organizations afford opportunities for enhancing their professional preparation and for making scholarly presentations of their research.