Degree Overview


As a Social Studies Education major, you receive a rigorous foundation in U.S. history and world history, psychology, economics, sociology, geography, and political science. To ensure a strong understanding of social studies, you take concentrations in two of the five social studies disciplines, as well as at least two courses in each of the remaining three disciplines.

The Social Studies Education program, which typically takes longer than four years to complete, is designed to meet the license requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Program Outcomes

  • The history, organization, conceptual framework, modes of inquiry, ethics and current research and methodologies of the disciplines within the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for the Social Studies- history, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, law, archaeology, sociology,  and citizenship.
  • The major themes, basic principles, philosophic bases, ethics, assumptions, perspectives and schools of thought of the disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, law, archaeology, sociology, and citizenship.
  • The practical applications of the methodology appropriate to the disciplines.
  • The application of knowledge of each discipline to past and present economic, social, cultural, and political events and situations.
  • The skills associated with the discipline including communication and decision-making.
  • The interdisciplinary nature and integrative aspects of the disciplines in social studies and their connections with disciplines other than social studies.
  • The strategies for conducting investigations and research using multiple primary and secondary sources
  • The Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies in order to assess the evidence or assessment of student understanding and develop curriculum
  • State and national laws and current national leadership initiatives in the discipline

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • The Modern World (3)
  • Cultural Geography for Educators (3)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • General Psychology (3)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2(
  • Math Elective (3)
  • Sociology Elective (2)

Total Credits: 18


  • United States History 1 (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (3)

Total Credits: 6

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Minors

  • Social Studies Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • History

Potential Career Fields

  • Social studies teacher
  • Archivist or curator
  • Researcher
  • Governmental relations
  • Historical site guide
  • Curriculum development

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

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MBU Program Faculty

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Michael Zwolanek - Faculty

Michael Zwolanek

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Christine Lincoln - Faculty

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Jennifer Meinhardt - Faculty

Jennifer Meinhardt

School of Education | Assistant Professor


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David Handyside - Faculty

David Handyside

School of Education | Associate Professor


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