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Broad Field Social Studies Major (Comprehensive)
Political Science Concentration
Broad Field Social Studies
Broad Field Social Studies Major
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 Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A). Certification to teach also requires completion of a series of Wisconsin Teacher Certification (DPI) 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. This comprehensive field fulfills both major and minor requirements.
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 contemporary 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
HIST 152 U.S. History Since 1877 3 credits
GEOG 100 World Regional Geography 3 credits
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
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.
Students pursuing the Broad Field Social Studies-History concentration must complete all requirements for the History Teaching Major at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A). 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 Teaching Major at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A). See the Political Science section of the catalog for details.
Students pursuing the Broad Field Social Studies-Psychology concentration must complete all requirements for the Psychology Teaching Minor at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) plus the Social Studies Methods course (PSYC 339). See the Psychology section of the catalog for details.