Director: Daniel Meissner, Ph.D.

The interdisciplinary minor in Broad Field Social Science is open only to students from the College of Education who have a second major in history, political science (only Concentration I: Politics, according to the directions given in the Political Science section of this bulletin), psychology or sociology. This minor allows students to prepare for the license extension offered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for Broad Field Social Science.

The interdisciplinary minor in Broad Field Social Science consists of seven courses (21 credit hours). Students must choose seven courses from among the six groups of courses listed below. Courses for the minor must come from five of the six groups. None of the seven courses taken for the minor can be in a group that corresponds to the student’s major. (For example, if the student is majoring in anthropology, the student should not take any courses listed in the anthropology area)

Broad Field Social Science Minor

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Broad Field Social Science is open only to students majoring in education with a second major in history, political science (only Concentration I: Politics, according the Political Science section of this bulletin), psychology or sociology. This minor allows students to prepare for the license extension offered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for Broad Field Social Studies and one additional area of licensure. In order to complete the minor, students must complete five of the required courses (15 credits) and then choose four courses (12 credits) from one of the concentrations. Courses completed for the concentration cannot be in an area that corresponds with the student’s major.

Required Courses
ECON 1001Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 1103 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECON 1104 Principles of Macroeconomics
EDUC 1220Psychology of Human Development in Children and Adolescents in a Diverse Society3
or PSYC 3101 Developmental Psychology: Conception Through Adolescence
HIST 1001Growth of Western Civilization to 17153
or HIST 1002 Growth of Western Civilization since 1715
POSC 2201American Politics3
or POSC 2401 Comparative Politics
or POSC 2601 International Politics
SOCI 1001Principles of Sociology3
Complete one of the following concentrations:12
ECON Concentration
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Two ECON Upper Division Electives
HIST Concentration
Introduction to American History
Survey of Latin America
Africa
East Asia
Two HIST Upper Division Electives
POSC Concentration
Two of the following:
American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
And two POSC Upper Division Electives
PSYC Concentration
General Psychology
Three PSYC Upper Division Electives
Total Credit Hours27

A person with a Broad Field Social Studies license may teach any social studies class at the early adolescence-adolescence level, up through grade 10 and any basic or fusion social studies class in grades 11-12 that is not: A) a semester-long discrete course in a social studies subcategory – e.g. psychology; B) an honors, IB, or advanced placement course; C) part of the college preparatory sequence and/or an elective course with more depth of content than basic courses. To teach a course under the criteria in A, B, or C (above), the candidate must hold a license in that subject area.