Broad Field Social Studies

The Department of History and Political Science administers the degree program in Social Studies and combines the following components: History, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Geography. 


The Department of History administers the degree program in Social Studies and combines the following components: History, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Geography. The first four components have full departmental status; Economics is part of the Business and Economics degree program. Geography is a department not offering degrees, except as part of Social Studies and is administered out of the History Department.

The degree program in Social Studies provides a broad and integrated approach to these disciplines and can be pursued as a 34 credit bachelor of arts degree (with History concentration) or as a minimum 54 credit Broad Field Social Studies degree (with History, Political Science, or Sociology concentration) for secondary teacher certification.

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Program Format

The Social Studies program seeks to serve the needs of students desiring the broader orientation to its respective areas rather than specialization in any one of them. In accordance with these needs, the objectives of the Social Studies program are to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the political, religious, social, and economic and philosophical foundations of a given society interrelate and function within a historical context.
  • Articulate an understanding of the major trends and critical problems in modern history and their historical antecedents, as well as an understanding of the sources of contemporary values.
  • Exhibit (through papers or presentations) the ability to research, synthesize and analyze information.
  • Understand and evaluate conflicting points of view.
  • Create responsible teachers and world citizens who embody the Franciscan values.
  • Provide proficiency for teaching in political science as well as one of the following subjects: economics, psychology, sociology or geography.

Students who are interested in pursuing degrees in professional schools and colleges, such as medical, veterinary, pharmacy, etc., will often major in biology. Stritch also offers a three-year pre-professional certificate program that satisfies the academic entrance requirements for most of these schools.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains  credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish  articulation agreements.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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