UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Degree Requirements

Broad Field Social Studies Major


Broad Field Social Studies Education — Emphasis Option

Teacher License:  Social Studies, Grades 4-12,  DPI CODE: 2700
 

1)    SUGGESTED GENERAL EDUCATION & UNIVERSITY REQUIRMENTS 
SUGGEST ED  SUPPORT COURSES (credits may count toward General Education)

  •  PHIL 201  – Human Nature, Ethics, and the Natural World (Goal 2 hf AND goal 5 EC)
  •  ECON 100  – Modern Economics (Goal 3 SB)
  • POLS 114  – American Government and Politics (goal 2 SB and goal 5 EC(
  • TED 252 Foundations of Diversity and Equity in Education (d)

2) SOCIAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS & CORE REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)
Select all of the following courses:

  • ECON 100  – Modern Economics
  • GEOG 240 – Geography of the United States
  • •HIST 101  – Origin of Civilization OR History 102 – History of the Modern World
  • HIST 215 – US History to 1865 OR HIST 216 – US History since 1865
  • PHIL 201  – Human Nature, Ethics, and the Natural World
  • POLS 114  – American Government and Politics
  •  PSYC 101  – General Psychology
  • SOCI 100  – Introduction to Sociology

3) SOCAL STUDIES EMPHASIS
SLEECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (33-35 CREDITS)

A) ECONOMICS
Select all of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics•    
  • ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  • ECON 305 Money and Banking 
  • ECON 362 History of Economic Thought

Select 18 credits of Economics Electives which can apply elsewhere in the degree

OR

B) GEOGRAPHY
Select all of the following courses:

  • GEOG 110 Physical Geography 
  • GEOG 120 Human  Geography  
  • GEOG 240 Geography of the United States 
  • GEOG 250 Introduction to GIS 

Select 21 credits of Geography Electives which can apply  elsewhere in the degree

OR

C) HISTORY

Select all of the following courses:

  • HIST 101  – Origin of Civilization OR History 102 – History of the Modern World (whichever not taken in the core)
  • HIST 215 – US History to 1865 OR HIST 216 – US History since 1865 (whichever not taken in the core)
  • Select one 300 level United States History Courses from the following
    • HIST 310 History of American Political Thought
    • HIST 337 American Military History
    • HIST 351 History of Colonial America
    • HIST 353 United States History: 1790-1850
    • HIST 356 United States Middle Period
    • HIST 358 United States History 1890-1945
    • HIST 359 United States History from 1945
    • HIST 367 United States Diplomatic History
  •  Select one 300 level World History Courses from the following
    • HIST 315 The World of Napoleon
    • HIST 316 The British Empire
    •  HIST 317 Social Movements in Modern Britain: 1870-1936
    •  HIST 318 Twentieth Century Europe
    • HIST 320 Ancient Rome
    • HIST 321 Early Middle Ages
    •  HIST 322 The Renaissance
    • HIST 324 Early Modern Europe
    •  HIST 325 Late Middle Ages
    • HIST 332 The Islamic Middle East to 1500
    • HIST 333 Silk, Spices, and Silver: The Making of the Global Exchange System to 1700 (g)
    • HIST 334 Modern China 1800 to Present (g)
    • HIST 335 Modern Japan 1600 to Present
    • HIST 336 Traditional East Asia, Prehistory-1800 (g)
    • HIST 382 Culture and Civilization of Italy: History and Art from Antiquity to Baroque (g) 
  •  HIST 365 – American Environmental History
  •  HIST 485 Research and Historiography 3 cr.

Select 12 credits of 200+ History Electives which have not been used elsewhere in the History Emphasis.

OR

D) POLITICAL SCIENCE
Select all of the following courses:
•    POLS 220 Introduction to Public Opinion and Political Behavior
•    POLS 230 Introduction to Political Philosophy and Ideology
•    POLS 245 Introduction to Comparative Politics 
•    POLS 260 Introduction to International Relations 
Select 21 credits of Political Science Electives which can apply  elsewhere in the degree

OR

E) PSYCHOLOGY
Select all of the following courses:
•    PSYC 201 Behavioral Statistics
•    PSYC 216 Research Methods 
•    PSYC 305 Learning and Motivation
•    PSYC 335 Developmental Psychology.
•    PSYC 360 Social Psychology
Select 18 credits of Psychology  Electives which can apply  elsewhere in the degree

OR

F) SOCIIOLOGY) 
Select all of the following courses:
•    SOCI 210 Social Problems OR SOCI 218 Deviant Behavior
•    SOCI 220 Sociology of Diversity (d)
•    SOCI 321 Power & Inequality OR SOCI 322 Race & Ethnicity (d)
•    SOCI 326 Sociology of Gender Roles OR SOCI 342 Sociology of the Family
•    SOCI 231 Sociology of Globalization (g)
Select 18 credits of Sociology or Anthropology  Electives which can apply  elsewhere in the degree

4) EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS (12 credits)
•    TED 100 Introduction to Teaching
•    TED 250 Educational Psychology
•    TED 252 Foundations of Diversity and Equity in Education (d)
•    SPED 330 Introduction to Special Education

5)  PROFESSIONAL  EDUCATION – SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION GRADES 4 – GRADE 12   (15 credits)
•    Middle School Methods Block (all courses completed in the same semester)
•    TED 444 - Applied Support for Diverse Learners 
•    TED 445 - MS Social Studies Methods 
•    High School Methods Block (all coursers completed in the same semester)
•    TED 433 - HS Social Studies Methods 
•    TED 463 - Content Area Literacy 
•    TED 468 - Motivation & Engagement in the Social Studies Classroom 
•    Required supporting course
•    ESM 300 Environmental Education or HIST 365
6)  PROFESSIONAL  EDUCATION –  STUDENT TEACHING / INTERNSHIP  (12 credits)
•    TED 421 Student Teaching Seminar
TED 472 OR 473 OR 474 OR 479 Student Teaching

 

Teacher Education Department

257 Wyman Educatiion Building 
715-425-3230

Dr. Dean Versperman, Program Coordinator
Mr. Tyler Koepke, Program Sr. Advisor

The Broad Field Social Studies (BFSS) degree is the preferred degree for secondary teaching in the area of social studies. This degree offers many options and great versatility. 

General Education Requirements

Social and Behavioral Science:
BS Education majors as listed.