History, geography, linguistics and education aren’t subjects you can just learn about from reading books. You’ve got to experience different cultures and backgrounds to understand where everything came from. The social science secondary teaching program at Fresno Pacific University will equip you to be a teacher with knowledge of history and social sciences as well as the understanding of contemporary teaching approaches. Our program is interdisciplinary in approach, global and multicultural in perspective and informed by a Christian worldview.


  • Combination of courses in economics, geography, history, political science, religion and sociology
  • Special attention is given to the importance of both religious and secular ideas throughout history, and how to teach the social sciences from a values-oriented perspective
  • Opportunities for travel abroad

Career opportunities

The FPU social science secondary teaching major is designed for students seeking a career as a junior or senior high school social science teacher. Upon completion of the major, you will be prepared to take the CSET examination in social science. Proficiently meet the instructional goals of the California history-social science framework and provide faithful and wise service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea.

Program director

Darin Lenz
Darin D. Lenz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History