Broad Field Social Studies

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, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Broad Field Social Studies students must also complete a concentration in History or Political Science. 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


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):

Sociology of Education -- 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.