Broad Field Social Studies

The Social Studies degree program administered by the Department of History 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 Social Studies degree program administered by the Department of History 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.

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester: $14,422 (2017-18)
●  Tuition/Year: $28,844 (2017-18)

Additional Information

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:
  • A broad and integrated understanding of the economic, political, social and cultural bases of society, past and present
  • An appreciation of cultural contributions, ethnic differences, human relationships and their interaction upon each other
  • An awareness of the effects of bias and prejudice on human society, specifically providing cognitive factors for the Human Relations component of the teacher preparation programs
  • An acquaintance with community resources that deal with issues in contemporary society and methods of dealing creatively with problem areas.

Tracks in major:
Broad field social studies
Broad field social studies major for middle/secondary teachers
Social studies minor for elementary/middle teachers
Broad Field Social Studies Major for Middle/Secondary Teachers: 54 credits
 
Plan A: completion of a minimum of 54 credits to include a 22-credit minor in History, Political Science, or Sociology; and a minimum of 32 credits distributed over at least three of the other Social Studies subjects, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology. Teacher candidates will be certified in Broad Field Social Studies and in the minor area. Completion of a 9-credit concentration (as determined by the BFSS department) in any of the additional areas will lead to DPI certification in that concentration.
 
Plan B: completion of a minimum of 54 credits to include a 34-credit major in History, Political Science, or Sociology; and a minimum of 21 more credits distributed over the remaining Social Studies subjects, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology. These courses will vary depending on the 34-credit major. Teacher candidates will be certified in Broad Field Social Studies and in the major area. Completion of a 9-credit concentration (as determined by the BFSS department) in any of the additional areas will lead to DPI certification in that concentration.
 
The Department of Public Instruction approved models for Plans A and B (contained in the Stritch Teacher Licensure Programs) are to be followed in selecting courses to fulfill the Broad Field Social Studies major for teaching preparation. Both plans also include fulfillment of the legislative statutes (Section 40, 43 ([6] and PL 3.03 [3]2-5)) requiring “adequate instruction” in the areas of environmental studies and cooperatives. These requirements may be met by taking CH/BL 210, GE 101 or GE 102 (for Environmental Studies); and EC 204 (for Cooperatives); or as directed study apart from the above courses. Licensure in Broad Field Social Studies will permit teaching in the 22 or 34-credit minor or major area, the concentration areas, and the fusion courses (e.g., Civics, Social Problems, American Problems, etc.). DPI requires students to add a minor in History, Political Science, or Sociology with the Broad Field Social Studies Major.
 
Social Studies Minor for Elementary Teachers: 24 credits
Required courses for minor: HS 241 or 242, 243, 202, POLS 102, SC 203. In addition, courses in either a History emphasis, Political Science emphasis, or Sociology emphasis as follows:

History emphasis: one of HS 103, 104, or 201; one course from the Intercultural History courses: HS 261-266, and one history elective course.
Political Science emphasis: POLS 201 or 206, one approved Political Science elective course, and POLS 401
Sociology emphasis: SC 101, 380, 201 or one approved sociology elective course

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.

Admission Requirements


Freshman Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.
  • Send ACT or SAT Scores
    Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Transfer Student Applicants

  • Complete the Admissions Application 
    Submit the  admissions application which is free to complete online.
  • Request Transcripts
    Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you  obtain an F-1 student visa.

Contact Admissions


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

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Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

Funding Your Education

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