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Broad Field Social Studies Major
(Comprehensive)

Broad Field Social Studies is a comprehensive liberal arts major designed specifically for students who intend to teach within the social studies disciplines at the secondary level. Certification to teach also requires completion of a series of Wisconsin Teacher Certification requirements. Contact the Teacher Education Department for details.

 

The Broad Field Social Studies program is interdisciplinary and includes course work in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.  Broad Field Social Studies students must also complete a concentration in History, Political Science, or Psychology.

 

The Broad Field Social Studies major prepares students teach in their area of concentration and to teach "fusion" courses. Fusion courses are defined as those that integrate several social studies disciplines and require composite preparation in social studies. Civics, social problems, American problems, area studies, and vital issues are examples of fusion courses.

 

Coursework in Broad Field Social Studies may also be used, where appropriate, to fulfill the university's General Education requirements. Students majoring in Broad Field Social Studies are urged to work in close cooperation with their academic advisors to ensure efficient completion of the program.

 

The Broad Field Social Studies major requires a minimum of 57 semester credits to be fulfilled in the following fashion:

 

1. Completion of the following core courses

ECON 235 Economics and Society..........................................3 credits

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology......................................3 credits

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.........................................3 credits

ANTH 101 The Human Experience...........................................3 credits

 

HIST 151 U.S. History Through 1877.......................................3 credits

or

HIST 152 U.S. History Since 1877...........................................3 credits

 

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography.....................................3 credits

or

GEOG 102 Cultural Geography.................................................3 credits

 

POLS 230 U.S. National, State, and Local Government.............4 credits

or both of the following:

POLS 150 American National Government................................3 credits

and

POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government.............................3 credits

 

2. Completion of a concentration in History, Political Science, or Psychology. Broad Field Social Studies core courses may, where appropriate, be applied to the area of concentration. 

 

3. Completion of a total of six credits of electives in two different social science disciplines (ECON, PSYC, POLS, SOCI, ANTH, HIST, or GEOG) outside the area of concentration.

 

4. Additional elective credits, if necessary, in any of the disciplines within the Broad Field Social Studies major other than the area of concentration to reach a total of 57 credits.

 

History Concentration

Students pursuing the Broad Field Social Studies-History concentration must complete all requirements for the History Major-Secondary Education Certification. See the History section of the catalog for details.

 

Political Science Concentration

Students pursuing the Broad Field Social Studies-Political Science concentration must complete all requirements for the Political Science Major-Secondary Education Certification. See the Political Science section of the catalog for details.

 

Psychology Concentration

Students pursuing the Broad Field Social Studies-Psychology concentration must complete all requirements for the Psychology Minor-Secondary Education Certification, plus the Social Studies Methods course (PSYC 339). See the Psychology section of the catalog for details.