UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

History student teacher in action at River Falls High School 

Why major in Broad Field Social Studies?

  • The program prepares you to teach social studies at the secondary level (grades 5-12). 
  • It meets the Wisconsin licensure requirements for teaching broad field social studies, and it helps prepare you for licensure in many other states contingent on the exact requirements of each state.
  • It can also be an entry point to a variety of graduate programs and professional schools.
  • It is a source of valuable life skills including proficiency in professional writing, organization, research analysis, public speaking, and many other skills needed to be a successful teacher.

Built-in experience!

  • To prepare you for student teaching, you begin observing in classrooms during your first semester at UW-River Falls and continue to observe a specific amount in subsequent semesters in both rural and urban schools to experience a variety of teaching situations.

A testimonial

"I majored in broad field social studies because I am a history nut! My high school history teacher was really inspirational to me and I realized that I would love to teach this subject too."  —Matthew Ortt