Broad Field Social Sciences Major (BSS) and Interdisciplinary (Self-Designed) Major (INT)

Broad Field Social Sciences

The social sciences deal in systematic, rational, and empirical ways with human nature, thoughts and feelings, behavior, relationships, and the factors that affect and influence people.

As an interdisciplinary major, a broad approach to studying the social sciences affords the student with the opportunity to examine various interrelated perspectives on the human experience. At Wisconsin Lutheran College, broad field study in the social sciences can include study in the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, psychology, and sociology.

Course of Study

  1. A major in broad field social sciences consists of at least 56 credits and must include a 36-credit core major in either history or psychology along with at least 20 additional credits in two other social science disciplines.

  2. A teaching major in broad field social sciences enables the student to teach a variety of social science disciplines at the middle and secondary levels. The teaching major consists of a 36-credit major in history or psychology along with at least 20 credits in at least two other social science disciplines.

  3. A teaching minor in social studies is available for students seeking teacher certification at the elementary/middle school level (grades 1-9). The teaching minor enables students to teach in a variety of social science areas at the middle school level. It consists of a total of 24 credits taken in history, geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, and psychology.

Effective in July, 1994, persons with a broad field social science may be issued a license in any social science subject area in which they have completed at least 15 credits. Students interested in pursuing a broad field social science teaching major or minor should consult the director of teacher education.

Interdisciplinary (Self-Designed)

Students wishing to explore courses of study not offered by individual departments or by existing interdisciplinary majors may petition for a self-designed, interdisciplinary major. Under the guidance of a faculty committee specially appointed by the academic dean, such students may develop majors combining courses from several departments or areas. Each interdisciplinary major must have a coherent thematic principle governing the selection and sequencing of courses in the major, must include a culminating project or thesis which demonstrates the outcomes of the major, and must be approved in all particulars by the specially appointed committee. Students who would like to explore an interdisciplinary major are urged to consult with the academic dean.

Course of Study

A self-designed interdisciplinary major consists of at least 58 credits as follows:

  1. At least 24 credits in a single discipline

  2. Six credits in INT 498 Senior Project

  3. At least 28 credits in at least two other disciplines