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Broad Field Social Studies

2012-2014 Catalog

Broad Field Social Studies


Kenneth Shonk, Jr., Assistant Professor

Student Learning Outcomes

  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)

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

57 total credits

Foundational Content Knowledge courses (21 credits required):

ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics -- 3 credits
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology -- 3 credits
HIST 111 Modern World History -- 3 credits
HIST 151 OR 152 US National History Through 1877/US History Since 1877 -- 3 credits
POLS 230 US National, State, and Local Government -- 3 credits
ANTH 368 Cultures of Mesoamerica -- 3 credits
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology -- 3 credits

Education and Social Studies courses (6 credits required):

SOCI 490 The Sociology of Education -- 3 credits
PHIL 330 Teaching for Social Justice -- 3 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

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):

HIST 111 Modern World History -- 3 credits
HIST 151 US History Through 1877 -- 3 credits

Sociology/Philosophy required course (3 credits required):

PHIL 330 Teaching for Social Justice -- 3 credits
SOCI 490 The Sociology of Education -- 3 credits

Geography required course (3 credits required):

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography -- 3 credits

Economics required course (3 credits required):

ECON 235 Economics and Society -- 3 credits

Political Science required course (3 credits required):

POLS 230 US National, State, and Local Government -- 3 credits (required for teacher certification)

Gender Studies required courses (3 credits required):

ANTH 310 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3 credits
FNS 460 The Study of First Nations Women -- 3 credits
HIST 406 Construction of Gender in East Asia-- 3 credits
SOCI/WST 475 Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia -- 3 credits
WST 403 African Voices on Gender -- 3 credits
WST 404 Arab Voices on Gender -- 3 credits
WST 406 The Construction of Gender in East Asia -- 3 credits
WST 456 Feminist Theory and Action -- 3 credits

Global Studies required courses (3 credits required):

ANTH 320 Environmental Anthropology -- 3 credits
ECON 430 International Economics -- 3 credits
ECON 435 Economic Development -- 3 credits
ECON 438 Comparative Economic Systems -- 3 credits
HIST 323 The Asian-American Experience -- 3 credits
HIST 392 Topics in World History -- 3 credits
HIST 421 Slavery and Prejudice -- 3 credits
HIST 470 Watersheds in Global History -- 3 credits
HIST 450 The Construction of Race and Nationality -- 3 credits
POLS 352 Introduction to Peace Studies -- 3 credits

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