At Saint Anselm, you'll be ready to do something big. And our programs in the social sciences and education will challenge you, stretch your mind, and change your view of the world.

Social Sciences

Work for the Department of Homeland Security, become a behavorial counselor or an advocate for the homeless. Meet some alumni.

As an Anselmian, you'll be ready to handle anything life has in store for you. And you'll find success in the career of your choice.



Education majors spend time in a classroom as early as sophomore year. It ensures that teaching is the right career for them.

Spending five out of eight semesters in the classroom, you'll be ready to step into your career and a classroom of your own. Explore our Education Department.

Why major in Education at Saint Anselm? Because you'll be a really good teacher.

Major in Education Studies: Elementary Education to earn a K-6 certification or you may opt to double major in a content area and Secondary Education.

We also offer minors in ESOL minor and certification and Education minor without certification.

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  • Internships

    Real Job Experience, aka Internships

    Your courses give you knowledge and innovative thinking. Your liberal arts education gives you a solid foundation. An internship gives you a competitive edge.

    We don't require internships but we recommend them. They help you explore an industry, build your network, and see how an office runs.

    Our students intern locally and abroad. You can even apply for one of our internship scholarships to get paid while working. Our Internship Office helps students find opportunities.

    To learn more, visit the Career Development Center.

    Recent Internship Sites (to name a few):  
    Catholic Medical Center New Hampshire Republican Party
    Child and Family Services New Jersey State Police
    Fidelity Investments Offices of Senators Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen
    Hampshire House Quincy District Court
    Kennedy Associates, lobbyist U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
    Manchester School Department U.S. Dept. of State
    New Hampshire Democratic Party U.S. Marshal Services
    New Hampshire Department of Corrections WMUR-TV
  • Field Experience and Student-Teaching

    "Classroom management was one of the hardest things to learn, but because of the way the program was set up, we had so many opportunities to use it and see it. You really knew what it was like to be in the classroom."
    ~ Chloe Kealey '14


    As an aspiring elementary school teacher, Chloe Kealey '14 taught in every grade from kindergarten to sixth in every possible setting: the city and the suburbs, private, public, and even in Austin, Texas. Now, after graduation, Chloe is teaching at Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, Mass.

    "Last year, I taught kindergarten, and this year, I am teaching fourth grade," says Chloe.

    "My time volunteering in the ESL classrooms provided me with the experience I needed to be ready to work in a school with a 98% Hispanic culture. I am very thankful for the opportunities Saint Anselm provided me. I know I would have never got a job a month after graduating without having these experiences." 

    Start Early. Practice Often.

    Education majors spend time in a classroom as early as sophomore year. It's called the Sophomore Field Experience. Through the course, Principles of Teaching and Learning, you discuss the theories and then apply what you learn to your assigned classroom. And this is only the beginning.

    Starting early ensures that teaching is the right career for you. It also gives you lots of time in the classroom.

    560 Hours

    Education Studies: Elementary Education majors spend five out of eight semesters in the classroom: sophomore, junior, and senior years. That's 110 hours sophomore and junior year and an additional 450 hours student-teaching senior year. Secondary Education majors also spend 80 hours plus an additional 13 weeks in the classroom.

     You'll be exposed to every kind of school:

    • urban
    • suburban
    • (and parochial, if you choose)

    And you'll also teach a variety of grades and ages. It'll help you figure out what you want to teach and also prepares you for any subject, age, and setting. And in each classroom, you'll learn something new to add to your arsenal of resources.

    Major or Minor?

    You can major in Secondary Education (and teach elementary ed) or minor in ESOL or secondary education to teach your major subject area: chemistry, applied physics, English, French, History, Latin, Math, or Spanish. There's lots of options, so learn them all.

    Extra Opportunities

    Want to spend even more time in the classroom? We've got you covered.

    Through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Office of Campus Ministry, and education club, you'll find additional opportunities to develop your skills.

    You can:

    • Coordinate student volunteers for a local school
    • Tutor fourth graders in reading or math
    • Lead a service trip to Kentucky
    • Go on an education-specific service trip

    The education department even hosts mock interviews for seniors to help you prepare for the next step.

    It's learning that is more engaging and more Anselmian. So when you graduate, you'll be ready for a classroom of your own.

    Photo: Student on spring break service trip to Kentucky where the education students volunteered at the David School and a local elementary school.

  • Student Opportunities

    Travel the World

    Interested in studying art history in Florence or maybe languages in Spain? You can go abroad for a semester or just a week-long tour.

    Students recently traveled to Morocco, South Africa, and Spain to name a few locations. Read about their travels.

    Previous week-long trips include a history focused trip to Vietnam, an international business course traveled to Panama, sociology course traveled to Peru, and business-related trips to China. And during a recent spring break, 12 students traveled to the Netherlands to explore Dutch culture and engage in philosophical discussion.

    On Campus Opportunities

    Want to develop some leadership skills. Start a fundraiser, lead a program, or run for student government president.

    We have more than 60 clubs and organizations.

    See even more student life on Twitter @AnselmianFun and @SaintAnselm

    Volunteering and Service-Learning

    Last year, Anselmians volunteered more than 50,926 hours!

    Some professors include volunteering as part of the course, aka service-learning. Students can volunteer at more than 40 sites doing everything from tutoring kids to fundraising to advocating for change.

    Service-learning enhance resumes and graduate school applications-demonstrating practical experience in the field and an ethical concern for the community. But, more importantly, it helps others. You'll make connections and learn more about yourself. Check out our volunteering center's blog to read about opportunities.

    Or you can get involved through Campus Ministry. Follow @STA_CampusMin or check out #SACSBA to see our latest coverage of service trips during spring break.

    Volunteer through our Meelia Center for Community Engagement, the Office of Campus Ministry, or through a student club.