The broadfield social studies education major allows students to complete coursework in a broad range of social studies fields across campus, while still accumulating credits in one central department. The BFSS program is a very clever solution to the problem of academic over-specialization: it allows future teachers to graduate without pigeon-holing them into a single specialty. Instead, they can take a wide variety of courses in many social science disciplines, thus preparing them for the varied and diverse teaching requirements of secondary education.
This major prepares students to earn a WI teaching license that allows them to teach grades 4-12 in all of the six subject areas of social studies: economics, geography, history, psychology, political science, and sociology.
Teacher preparation in history
The History Department works closely with other divisions on campus to provide a background in history for future teachers.
Wherever possible, the History Department works to respond to the needs of future educators, while preparing them with current knowledge and methods from the historical profession. A variety of programs in the department -- National History Day, Phi Alpha Theta, and preparation for the PRAXIS exams -- respond to the unique needs of future educators.
Completion of the Social Studies Education Program and associated benchmark assessments will lead to endorsement for the following Wisconsin teaching license:
- Middle and High School Social Studies, grades 4-12 (2700).
Students in all teacher education programs must satisfy the School of Education (SOE) core requirements.
Students in all teacher education programs must be admitted to the School of Education in order to complete their program requirements and be eligible for endorsement for the appropriate teaching license(s). Students majoring in social studies education (grades 4-12) must meet specific program admission criteria.
Retention and advancement
The Social Studies Education Program is aligned with InTASC Teacher Standards and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Standards.
Required general education courses (12 credits)
Besides the courses specified below, social studies education majors must satisfy additional general education requirements. The General Education Program requires a total of 42 credits.
|EDS 203||School, Society, and Teachers 1, 5||3|
|EDS 206||Multicultural Education 2, 5||3|
|HIS 110||World History 3, 6||3|
|GEO 200||Conservation of Global Environments 4, 7||3|
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Self and Society (GE Category 6).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Minority Cultures or Multiracial Women's Studies (GE Category 3).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: International and Multicultural Studies, World History (GE Category 4-1).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: International and Multicultural Studies, Global and Multicultural Studies (GE Category 4-2).
Social studies education requirements (33 credits)
|Courses not requiring admission to the School of Education|
|EDS 309||Teaching Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum||3|
|SPE 200||Foundations of Special Education 5||3|
|PSY 212||Lifespan Development 5, 6||3|
|Courses requiring admission to the School of Education|
|HIS 304||Schools and Learning in Social Studies and Field Experience I 5||2|
|HIS 402||Secondary Content Methods for Teaching English Language Learners 5||3|
|HIS 403||Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Social Studies Education 5||3|
|HIS 419||Teaching and Learning Social Studies in the Secondary School and Field Experience II 5||4|
|Student teaching semester 8|
|EDS 492||Student Teaching Seminar 5||1|
|One of the following: 5||11|
|Student Teaching: Middle/High School Education (4-12)|
Social studies major content requirements (12 credits)
|GEO 110||World Cultural Regions||3|
|Additional content areas|
|Select one of the following: 7||3|
|Microeconomics and Public Policy|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|American National Government|
|State and Local Government|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Society and Schools|
Additional requirements (30 credits)
|Select a first minor from the following social studies content areas:||15-18|
|Select a second minor OR complete elective credits from courses in one of the following social studies content areas:||15-18|
|Passing score on the Social Studies content knowledge Praxis II|
Also satisfies an SOE core requirement.
Also satisfies a social studies major content requirement.
Also satisfies a WI statutory requirement for a teaching license in Social Studies (2700).
Must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching. For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.
Additional teacher education requirements are listed on the School of Education catalog page.
All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
- At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning.
At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
|EDS 203 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)||3||EDS 206 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3|
|FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)||3||ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3|
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3||GEO 110 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3|
|HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)||3||Gen Ed Math||4|
|SOC 110 or 216||3||Minor course||3|
|EDS 309||3||PSY 212||3|
|POL 101 or 102||3||ECO 110 or 120||3|
|Minor course||3||Minor course||3|
|Gen Ed Humanistic Studies||3||Minor course or social studies content area elective||3|
|Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems||3||Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||HIS 304||2|
|HIS 403||3||HIS 402||3|
|GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3||SPE 200||3|
|Minor course||3||Minor course||3|
|Minor course or social studies content area elective||3||Minor course or social studies content area elective||3|
|Minor course or social studies content area elective||3||Apply for Field Experience II2|
|Apply for admission to SOE1||Apply for Student Teaching3|
|Apply for Field Experience I2|
|HIS 419||4||All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.4|
|University Elective||3||EDS 492||1|
|Gen Ed Health & Well-Being||3||EDS 496||11|
|Minor course or social studies content area elective||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|Total Credits: 120|
Students applying for field and student teaching placements will be asked to disclose any criminal charges.
Students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Field Experience one year prior to the student teaching semester.
For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.