You’re a high school student considering your college major. You like your social studies, history, psychology, government, and anthropology courses. You’re busy pursuing interests in your community. You enjoy reading, writing, and researching. You’re committed to social justice, and you want to have some impact about what happens in the world. If that describes you, the dual Social Science-History major at Cazenovia College might be a great fit.

The bachelor’s degree program can be completed in four years, including time built in for internships and study abroad. The highly flexible dual major offers double the exposure to interesting courses and professors, a range of potential career paths (such as law, teaching, and government service). There is virtually no extra workload.

Then there’s the clear advantage a dual degree gives you enter the job market. Completing a bachelor’s degree having two majors is a sign to hiring managers and graduate school admissions officers that you’ve got “the right stuff.”

“You’re walking out of college with two majors. That added value and prestige presents you as a standout applicant whether you’re headed into the workforce or applying to graduate school or law school,” says Dr. John Robert Greene, a nationally noted historian and American presidential scholar, who along with Dr. Jody Hicks, co-directs the Social Science-History dual program at Cazenovia.

 

A Door-Opening Program

The dual major program presents graduates as more fully developed candidates for either an entry job or graduate school in the eyes of hiring managers and admissions officers, Drs. Greene and Hicks say.

“History and Social Science together open so many other employment doors because employers want to hire people with mature minds, and that capacity makes you infinitely more qualified. A Social Science-History major teaches you how to think in a professional, profound, abstract, analytical manner,” says Dr. Greene. He notes that major employers consistently rank the History-Social Science major at the top for the kind of people they want to hire. “Employers such as Chase, Xerox, and Apple will automatically assume you know how to think, and once you’re hired, they’ll train you for the particular job.”

 

An Excellent Value

The ability to study and excel in two distinct disciplines adds significant value to a degree that is already an excellent value in education. Given Cazenovia College’s affordability due to generous scholarships, and its highly qualified faculty, beautiful small campus, and personal-touch learning environment, the dual major in Social Science-History at Cazenovia is an excellent choice for many students, particularly those who thrive on an environment of personalized attention and individualized learning relationships with their professors.

That small-school situation and personally involved faculty mean that students never have to “go it alone,” says Dr. Hicks. “One of the real benefits of being here is that as professors and program leads, we really can help students along, meet them where they are, address the needs that they have—learning and otherwise—and provide a quality education with a personal touch. We can promise students that if you come here, and you want to go to college, we can get you through in four years and we’ll make it a fun experience, and we’ll take care of you while you’re here. We’ll do whatever it takes to help you get through,” she says.

There is tutorial help inside and outside the classroom with scholar leaders, master’s students, and professors. “Faculty are there to help you learn how to read, write, and participate effectively, in a one-on-one environment,” says Dr. Greene.

 

Career Preparation Flexibility

“The dual program will train you to be a professional historian, a professional social scientist, to go out and teach, to practice law, or to write analytically. This is where you want to be if you want to go on to law school, get your Ph.D. degree in History or Sociology, or go into teaching,” Dr. Greene says.

Dr. Hicks adds, “If someone wants to do archeology or anthropology, this program prepares them for doing that in graduate school. If someone wants to go into the administrative end of social work, or policy management, government, or public affairs, this program prepares them for that. You can work for governments, not-for-profits, go into politics, work on social issues, or get involved in policy management.”

There are endless opportunities for placement in internships across a wide range of interests, too. Some recent students have interned as a neurodiversity coordinator for a stage play being presented at nearby Colgate; looking into documents in the campus archives; working at both a college and a public archive, helping refugees in the nation’s capital at the Washington Institute, being involved in public affairs issues regarding human trafficking, and interning at high schools, shadowing social studies teachers in the classroom.

 

A Path to Teaching

For 2021 graduate Abby House, and current senior student Maria Puma, the Social Science-History dual program has been the basis for their next steps into teaching careers. Both have served as Washburn junior fellows, an academic distinction, during their time here.

House was able to switch to the dual major in her junior year and is now in an accelerated master’s teaching program at Syracuse University. She plans to go into teaching for Social Studies for grades 7-12. Her decision was influenced initially by her experience helping her friend pass a Global Social Studies regents exam in high school, as well as by Dr. Greene and Dr. Hicks, she says.

Puma, who graduates this May, came to Cazenovia as a photography major and switched to the dual program after her first semester. She is also now considering graduate programs for a master’s degree in teaching, too. Her interest stems from wanting to help students like herself, who have learning disabilities, to overcome academic difficulties and thrive. She gained confidence in her ability to follow a teaching career because of her experiences with—and sense of acceptance and encouragement from—program co-directors Greene and Hicks, she says.

 

An Easy Switch

It's very easy to apply to enter the program or to make a switch to the dual major once you’re at the College; it can be done simply through a meeting with a student’s academic advisor. “There’s no red tape,” Dr. Greene says. “At Cazenovia, we want to encourage exploration. If you’re unsure about what program you want to study, come and try the first semester in any major that interests you. If you’re in doubt, come try it. See if it’s for you.”

To learn more about the dual Social Science-History degree, or to schedule a visit and talk with representatives from the program, please contact our Admissions Office at 800-654-3210 or email: admissions@cazenovia.edu. You can also schedule a visit at www.cazenovia.edu/visit.