Broad Field Social Studies Major

Broad Field Social Studies Major—History Emphasis

138 Total Credit Hours

History Emphasis Requirements: 30 credit hours

  1. History core:
    HIST 102 History of the Modern World, 1500-Present
    HIST 215 United States History to 1865
    HIST 216 U.S. History from 1865
    HIST 485 History Seminar
  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. Elective (300-level or above): one course

Social Studies Requirements: 27 credit hours

  1. Required core:
    BFSS 200 Introduction to Social Science for Teachers
    BFSS 400 Curriculum Development for Social Studies
  2. Distribution non-history courses:
    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 (micro or macro)
  3. Electives: three courses

Education Requirements: 43 credit hours

  1. Education
    TED 120 Intro to Education and Instructional Technology
    TED 212 Educational Psychology: Middle & Secondary Education
    TED 252 Foundations of Multicultural Education (d) (American Cultural Diversity)
    TED 414 Development of the Transescent
    TED 420 School & Society
    SPED 330 Introduction to Special Education
    TED 473 Student Teaching: Middle School/TED 474 Student Teaching: Secondary Education (12 cr. Total Student Teaching)
  2. Block
    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

General Education Requirements: 38 credit hours

GOAL 1 Communication:
ENGL 100 Academic Reading/ Writing
COMS 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing, and the Disciplines

GOAL 2

  1. Social and behavioral sciences:
    HIST 100 Defining Themes in US History
    PSYC 101 General Psychology
  2. Humanities and fine arts:
    ART 100 Intro to Visual Art, MUS 100 Understanding Music or DANC 100 Dance Appreciation (3 cr. total)
    ENGL 105 Literature and Human Experience, ENGL 106 Literature: Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama or ENGL 107 Heroes in Literature (3 cr. total)

GOAL 3 Math and science:
MATH 126 Activities in Math
BIOL 100 Introduction to Biology
GEOG 110 Physical Environment: Patterns & Systems

GOAL 4 Multi-disciplinary: see complete list here

GOAL 5 Individual responsibility to self, society, world:
PE 100 PE activities: two courses
Ethical citizenship: see complete list here

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

General Education Requirements

Social and Behavioral Science:
BS Education majors as listed.

 

Department of History and Philosophy

304 Kleinpell Fine Arts
715-425-3164
Kurt E. Leichtle, Director


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.


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