Degree Requirements

Broad Field Social Studies Major

Broad Field Social Studies Major—History Emphasis

134 Total Credit Hours

History Emphasis Requirements: 33 credit hours

  1. History core: three courses
    HIST 102 History of the Modern World, 1500-Present
    HIST 215 United States History to 1865
    HIST 216 U.S. History from 1865
  2. U.S. history (300-level or above): two courses
  3. World history (300-level or above): two courses
  4. Environmental history: HIST 365 American Environmental History
  5. History elective (300-level or above): one course
  6. Research and historiography: HIST 485 History Seminar

Social Studies Requirements: 24 credit hours

  1. Social Studies core - 3 cr.
    BFSS 200 Introduction to Social Science for Teachers
  2. Social science distribution courses (non-history) - 12 cr.
    SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
    POLS 230 Introduction to Political Philosophy and Ideology or POLS 114 American Government and Politics
    POLS 260 Introduction to International Relations (g)
    ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  3. Social Science electives - 9 cr. (Students interested in teaching in Wisconsin should take all three elective courses from the same social science discipline: economics, political science, geography, psychology or sociology.)
    Psychology: PSYC 201 Behavioral Statistics, PSYC 216 Research Methods, and another PSYCH course of your choice
    Geography: GEOG 120 Human Geography and two other GEOG courses at the 200 or 300 level
    Economics: ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 340 Contemporary International Trade

Education Requirements: 43 credit hours

  1. Education - 18 cr.
    TED 100 Introduction to Education
    TED 212 Educational Psychology: Middle & Secondary Education
    TED 414 Development of the Transcescent
    TED 420 School & Society
    SPED 330 Introduction to Special Education
  2. Social Studies Methods Block - 13 cr. (You should take "block" classes in the fall semester of your senior year.)
    TED 433 Techniques in Social Studies
    TED 463 Content Area Literacy in Middle & Secondary School Social Science
    TED 466 Management Strategies for the Secondary Social Science Classroom
    BFSS 400 Curriculum Development for Social Studies
  3. Student teaching - 12 cr.
    TED 472 Student Teaching - Initial
    TED 479 K-12 Internship Teaching
    TED 474 Student Teaching - COST

General Education and University Requirements: 40 credit hours

General Education Requirements:

A. GOAL 1 Communication - 9 cr.

  • ENGL 100 Academic Reading/Writing
  • COMS 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing, and the Disciplines

B. GOAL 2 - 12 cr.

  • Social and behavioral sciences - 6 cr:HIST 101 Origins of Civilization and PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • Humanities and fine arts - 6 cr:ART 100 Intro to Visual Art or MUS 100 Understanding Music or DANC 100 Dance Appreciation (3 cr.); andENGL105 Literature and Human Experience or ENGL 106 Literature: Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama or ENGL 107 Heroes in Literature (3 cr.)

C. GOAL 3 Math and science - 9 cr.

  • MATH 126 Activities in Math
  • BIOL 100 Introduction to Biology
  • GEOG 110 Physical Environment: Patterns & Systems

D. GOAL 5 Individual responsibility to self, society, world - 4 cr.

  • Individual responsibility to self, society, world: PE 108 Health and Fitness for Life
  • Ethical citizenship (EC) - choose one course from this complete list

University Requirements

A. American Cultural Diversity (ACD) - 3 cr: TED 252 (3 cr.)

B. Global Perspectives (GP) - 3 cr: choose from: HIST 201 Intro. to Asian Civilization, HIST 202 Intro. to Latin American Civilizations, HIST 203 The Mediterranean: A Survey, or HIST 209 Intro. to African History


Remember to periodically review your Degree Audit Report (DAR) in eSIS!

Department of History and Philosophy

307 Kleinpell Fine Arts

History: Neil Kraus-Chair, Ryan Fischer, Samuel Gale, Victoria Houseman, Kiril Petkov and Zhiguo Yang
Philosophy: Imtiaz Moosa and Walter Wietzke

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. The program requires that the student have a concentration (a major) in one of the social sciences and then additional work in the other social sciences.

General Education Requirements

Social and Behavioral Science:
BS Education majors as listed.