Broad Field Social Studies - Academic Programs - 2012-14 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

2012-14 Undergraduate Catalog

Broad Field Social Studies

Faculty Top of Page

Kenneth Shonk, Jr., Assistant Professor

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Develop Content Literacy in the Social Studies: Students will be trained as "entry-level" social scientists where students do the work of the historian, anthropologist, sociologist, political scientist, or psychologist. Students will be expected to engage in modes of thinking, content-specific literacy, research and writing endemic to the social studies.
  2. Intellectualize the Art and Craft of Teaching: Students will be expected to intellectualize the art and craft of social studies education through the successful completion of courses on the sociology and philosophy of teaching and learning. A methods course must also be completed, where students will be introduced to, and expected to master and integrate the latest theories and research in social studies education.
  3. Demonstrate Mastery of Content: Students will be prepared for careers in teaching by completing a specially designed curricular path that is rigorous, collegiate, and intellectually challenging. This will culminate in the successful completion of a senior thesis capstone in history or political science in which students must demonstrate a mastery of myriad skills by completing a work based on original research.

Broad Field Social Studies Major (comprehensive) (EA-A) Top of Page

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. See the Teacher Education section of this catalog 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 is a comprehensive major that fulfills both the major and minor requirements for graduation.

The Broad Field Social Studies major prepares students to 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.

Broad Field Social Studies (EA-A) Major Requirements Top of Page

57 total credits

Foundational Content Knowledge courses (21 credits required):

Principles Of Macroeconomics -- 3.00 credits
Introduction To Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Modern World History -- 3.00 credits

History of the United States Through 1877 -- 3.00 credits

or

The United States Since 1877 -- 3.00 credits

U.S. National,State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits
Cultures of Mesoamerica -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Sociology -- 3.00 credits

Education and Social Studies courses (6 credits required):

Selected Topics in Sociology -- 3.00 credits
Teaching for Social Justice -- 3.00 credits

Area of Concentration (30 credits required):

A concentration in History or Political Science through completion of either the History or Political Science Teaching Major. Foundational Content Knowledge courses may, where appropriate, be applied to the area of concentration. See the History and Political Science Concentration sections of the catalog for details.

Social Studies Teaching Minor for Elementary Education Majors Requirements Top of Page

This minor, which is open only to students majoring in Elementary Education, is designed to provide breadth and sufficient depth across the broad range of social studies disciplines. The minor is to be planned by the student in consultation with his or her advisor. A written plan for the minor must be filed with the advisor at the time of the student's application for admission to the Teacher Education programs. Any modifications in the plan may be made only with the advisor's consent. This minor must be taken in connection with Wisconsin MC-EA licensure (ages 6-12/13; grades 1 - 7/8th) which requires completion of TED 407 and appropriate student teaching. This minor equips a prospective teacher to support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies.

24 total credits

History required courses (6 credits required):

Modern World History -- 3.00 credits
History of the United States Through 1877 -- 3.00 credits

Sociology/Philosophy required course (3 credits required):

Teaching for Social Justice -- 3.00 credits

or

Selected Topics in Sociology -- 3.00 credits

Geography required course (3 credits required):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits

Economics required course (3 credits required):

Economics in Society -- 3.00 credits

Political Science required course (3 credits required):

U.S. National,State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Gender Studies required courses (3 credits required):

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3.00 credits
The Study of First Nations Women -- 3.00 credits
Construction of Gender in East Asia -- 3.00 credits

Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia -- 3.00 credits

or

Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia -- 3.00 credits

African Voices on Gender -- 3.00 credits
Arab Voices on Gender -- 3.00 credits
Construction of Gender in East Asia -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Global Studies required courses (3 credits required):

Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
International Economics -- 3.00 credits
Development Economics -- 3.00 credits
Comparative Economic Systems -- 3.00 credits
The Asian-American Experience -- 3.00 credits
Topics in World History -- 3.00 credits
Slavery and Prejudice -- 3.00 credits
Watersheds in Global History -- 3.00 credits
The Construction of Race and Nationality -- 3.00 credits
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits


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