Broad Field Social Studies

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About Broad Field Social Studies

The history department offers both a history major and a broad field social studies (BFSS) major. The School of Humanities also holds an annual Humanities Scholarship Competition, with a total of $9,750 in awards to students pursuing an undergraduate major in the humanities. The BFSS major is an interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis in history and support courses drawn from the social sciences. It is 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:

Keith Knutson, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor of History