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 who are knowledgeable about the concepts, facts, tools, forms of disciplinary inquiry, and disciplinary forms of representation in civics, economic, geography, history, and the social/behavioral sciences.
  2. Demonstrate Mastery of Content in History: Students will demonstrate mastery of content in the discipline of History through completion of the equivalent of History major.
  3. Engage in Ethical Reasoning: Students will engage in ethnical reasoning to deliberate social, political, and economic issues.
  4. Apply Content to Student Learning:  Students will be trained to apply their content knowledge to student learning in the social studies classroom.

Broad Field Social Studies Major (comprehensive) (EA-A/Grades 4-12) Top of Page

Broad Field Social Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed specifically for students pursuing teacher certification in social studies at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A/Grades 4-12). 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 Major is a comprehensive major that fulfills both the major and minor requirements for graduation.  Coursework in Broad Field Social Studies may also be used, where appropriate, to fulfill the university's University Studies 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.

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

Broad Field Social Studies (EA-A/Grades 4-12) Major Requirements Top of Page

57 total credits

Interdisciplinary Core Courses (24 credits):

Economics in Society -- 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
Public Education Politics and Policy -- 3.00 credits
U.S. National, State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits
The Human Experience -- 3.00 credits


Introduction to Sociology -- 3.00 credits

Upper Level Elective (3 credits required):

Take one of the following courses:

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
Food, Culture and Society -- 3.00 credits
Campaigns and Elections -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits
Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits
Congress and the Presidency -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Sociology -- 3.00 credits
Sociology of Education -- 3.00 credits
Social Justice -- 3.00 credits

Area of Concentration (30 credits required):

A concentration in History through completion of the History Teaching Major. Interdisciplinary Core Courses may, where appropriate, be applied to the area of concentration.