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Broad Field Social Studies/History

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The history department offers both a history major and a broad field social studies (BFSS) major. The BFSS major is an interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis in history and support courses drawn from the social sciences.

Why a BFSS degree?  It’s a flexible degree that provides many options, including 

  • preparing students for teaching positions in economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • preparing students for many career paths for graduate school, law school, or employment in in non-profit, public, or private organizations.

A BFSS degree provides contextual knowledge and skills essential for any career, including

  • the ability to read critically
  • write clearly
  • construct effective arguments
  • think creatively
  • remain flexible and look at issues with an open mind
  • and become culturally competent given diversity in the workplace and a global economy

With or without teacher certification, the BFSS degree provides a broad knowledge base that enriches one's life intellectually, a characteristic of a liberally educated person.

For more information, contact:
Michael Smuksta, Ph.D.
Chair, History Department

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