Broadfield Social Studies Education (Grades 4-12) Major: Sociology Concentration - BS

Sociology is the study of human groups and how the group influences social behavior. The field is both a science and a philosophy, seeking to answer questions about human behavior through the use of scientific methods. Sociology gives us new and important knowledge about the social world. The focus of the sociology major is to prepare students with the methodological background and analytical skills necessary for working in today’s world, while allowing students to gain a basic understanding of a variety of areas within sociology such as social stratification, criminology, social psychology and comparative sociology.

Students in the broadfield social studies education major: sociology concentration can be licensed to teach through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). 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.

Every broadfield social studies education: sociology concentration student completes a senior project in one of our three senior capstone courses SOC 405 Quantitative Social Research Seminar, SOC 410 Sociology Honors Project (3 cr.), or SOC 416 Qualitative Explorations. Working closely with faculty, each student designs and completes a semester-long investigation of a sociology-related topic. The senior capstone course provides students with firsthand experience and analytical skills that are valuable in the work world and in graduate study.

Completion of the Social Studies Education: Sociology Concentration 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): sociology concentration must meet specific program admission criteria.

Retention and advancement

Teacher candidates may be retained in their teacher education program provided they fulfill the conditions described in the SOE Retention Policy. Students must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching as described in the Student Teaching and Internship Policy. Additional SOE program requirements, including the culminating assessment of pedagogical knowledge, are described on the SOE catalog page.


The Social Studies Education: Sociology Concentration Program is aligned with the Wisconsin Teacher Standards (WTS) and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Standards.

Required general education courses (12 credits)

Besides the courses specified below, social studies education: sociology concentration majors must satisfy additional general education requirements. The General Education Program requires a total of 42 credits.

EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers 1, 53
EDS 206Multicultural Education 2, 53
HIS 110World History 3, 63
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments 4, 73
Total Credits12

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 309Teaching Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum3
HIS 403Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Social Studies Education 53
PSY 212Lifespan Development 5, 63
SPE 200Foundations of Special Education 53
Courses requiring admission to the School of Education
HIS 304Schools and Learning in Social Studies and Field Experience I 52
HIS 402Secondary Content Methods for Teaching English Language Learners 53
HIS 419Teaching and Learning Social Studies in the Secondary School and Field Experience II 54
Student teaching semester 8
EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar 51
One of the following: 511
Student Teaching: Middle/High School Education (4-12)
Teaching Internship
Total Credits33

Social studies major content requirements (12 credits)

World geography
GEO 110World Cultural Regions3
Additional content areas
Select one of the following: 73
Microeconomics and Public Policy
Global Macroeconomics
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
Total Credits12

Sociology concentration requirements (33 credits)

Foundational content
Select the course not chosen for social studies major content requirement:3
Introduction to Sociology
Society and Schools
SOC 200Foundations of Sociological Analysis3
SOC 250Methods of Social Research I3
SOC 350Methods of Social Research II3
SOC 390Sociological Theory3
Advanced content
Select five courses (15 credits) of electives from course offerings in sociology. At least nine credits must be at the 300/400-level.15
Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Social Research Seminar
Sociology Honors Project
Qualitative Explorations
Total Credits33

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:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. 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. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 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 in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
SOC 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3Gen Ed Math4
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)3
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3SOC 2163
 15 16
Year 2
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3GEO 110 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4ECO 110 or 1203
EDS 3093SOC 2503
POL 101 or 1023Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
SOC 2003SOC Elective (300/400 level)3
 15 16
Year 3
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3HIS 3042
HIS 4033HIS 4023
Gen Ed Arts2-3SOC 3903
PSY 2123SPE 2003
SOC 3503SOC Elective (any level)3
SOC Elective (300/400 level)3Apply for Field Experience II2 
Apply for admission to SOE1 Apply for Student Teaching3 
Apply for Field Experience I2  
 17 14
Year 4
HIS 4194All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.4 
SOC 405, 410, or 4163EDS 4921
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 49611
SOC Elective (any level)3 
SOC Elective (300/400 level)3 
 15 12
Total Credits: 120

See the SOE admissions website for complete admission and application details. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check at the time of application for admission.


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.