social studies

Majors & Minors

Broad Field Social Studies

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The broad field social studies degree is the preferred degree for secondary teaching in the area of social studies. This degree offers many options and great versatility. The program requires that the student has a concentration (a major) in one of the social sciences and then additional work in the other social sciences. The broad field social science concentrations include areas from economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.

The broad field social studies major prepares the student to become a social studies teacher on the secondary level (grades 5-12). The programs include the major, general education requirements, and the licensure requirements. The program is also designed to meet the requirements for broad field social studies teaching licenses in Wisconsin. In addition, the program can be used as an entry point to a variety of graduate programs and professional schools. Since a major in one of the social sciences is part of the broad field social studies program, students have flexibility in future career opportunities.

Students learn life needed skills while being a part of this major. Students will gain professional writing skills, organizational skills, research analysis skills, public speaking skills, and skills needed to be a successful teacher.

"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

For more information on Broad Field Social Studies, please contact:

Zhiguo Yang-Chair
313 Kleinpell Fine Arts

Students begin observing in the classrooms during their first semester at UW-River Falls. Each semester, students are required to put in a specific amount of observing hours. This fully prepares them for when they start student teaching. Each student in placed in a rural and urban school, to experience all teaching situations.

UW-River Falls offers a variety of clubs and organizations as possible ways to get involved. Popular clubs include, but are not limited to: History club, Phi Alpha Theta, Future Teachers, Tomorrow’s Educators, and more. The History club is open to anyone with a passion for history who wants to gain the skills that correlate with being a history major.

Students with a history major are armed with skills for many different and rewarding careers. Some careers include history teaching, museum jobs, park rangers, politics, advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, and researcher.

Faculty encourage their students to participate in a study-abroad program during their time at UW-River Falls. It gives students a sense of global perspective and makes them well-rounded persons. Some popular programs are International Traveling Classroom, Belize Study Tour, and Germany Abroad. These programs fulfill university requirements as well as classes within the major.