Majoring in Broad-field Social Science

The BFSS is a major designed to give students multi-disciplinary training for the professional education program. Students either major or minor in a subject certified under the discipline of Social Sciences and take a distribution of courses that will allow them to pursue teaching certification in two to three other areas of the Social Sciences. This is a professional education major, intended to train future secondary and middle school Social Studies teachers.

The Broad Field Social Science Major consists of a minimum of 54 social science credits from the following subjects: Anthropology, Economics, Geography (Human), History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Select Alternative A or B:

Alternative A

  1. A certifiable major (minimum of 34 credits) in one of the subject areas listed above and
  2. A minimum of 20 credits distributed over at least two of the other social science subjects.
  3. At least 12 credits must be in history and/or political science.

Alternative B

  1. A certifiable minor (minimum of 22 credits) in one of the social science subjects listed above and
  2. A minimum of 32 credits distributed over at least three of the other social science subjects.
  3. At least 12 credits must be in history and/or political science.

This "broad-field" social science major will permit teaching in the major field, the minor field, and the fusion courses. (The fusion courses are those drawn from several of the social science disciplines and, therefore, require a composite preparation in social science. Fusion courses include civics, social problems, American problems, area studies, vital issues, etc.) In addition, broad-field social science majors may be certified to teach in any of the social science disciplines in which they have completed 9 credits.

A listing of courses and course descriptions is available at the University Catalog.

Four Year Sequence

Fall I
Credits
History 101/102 or 176-177
3
General Ed. Requirements (including 6 credits in Social Sciences)
12
Total
15
Spring II
Credits
History 101/102 or 176-177
3
General Ed. Requirements
12
Total
15
Fall III
Credits
200 level regional or global
3
Remaining core history class
3
General Ed. Requirements
9
Total
15
Spring IV
Credits
History 300
3
History 100 or 200 level core
3
Remaining Gen. Ed. Requirements
9-12
Total
15
Fall V
Credits
300 level History electives
6
300 level electives/minor/BFSS
9
Total
15
Spring VI
Credits
300 level History electives
3
300 level Electives/minor/BFSS
12
Total
15
Fall VII
Credits
300 level History electives
6-9
300 level Electives/minor/BFSS
9-12
Total
15-18
Spring VIII
Credits
History 489/490
3
300 level History electives
3-6
Electives/minor/BFSS
9-12
Total
15-18