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The Applied Social Science degree at UW-Stout is designed to provide graduates with both marketable jobs skills and the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of U.S. society. The degree has four major emphases providing students with 1) social science theoretical perspectives, 2) a solid knowledge base in the social sciences and history, 3) the ability to apply critical thinking skills to creatively solve practical problems in the social, economic and political arenas, and 4) strong leadership and interpersonal skills in an increasingly diverse and changing workforce. Having both social science theoretical perspectives and a solid foundation in social science knowledge, students will be able to apply critical and creative thinking skills to successfully problem solve in their future employment fields. Upon completion of their Applied Social Science degree, students will have skills in data collection, evaluation and analysis, presentation, and problem solving.
The program is interdisciplinary and provides breadth of knowledge through coursework in the areas of economics, history, political science, geography, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. It offers depth of knowledge by giving students the opportunity to select a concentration in an area of social science with additional, upper-level courses. It also offers students an opportunity to enhance their broad knowledge in the social sciences through completion of a complementary applied minor or by completing additional applied coursework, in preparation for employment in areas such as environmental analysis, global studies, human resources and other services. Students must receive a minimum grade of 2.0 or “C-“in all Professional Core and Social Science Concentration courses.
Bachelor of Science Degree
|Total for graduation
|Applied Area or Minor
Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)
Three credits must be selected from RES-A.
Global Perspective (6 credits*)
Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad, or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses.
General Education (40 credits)
Communication Skills (9 credits)
Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)
Remaining courses must include a natural science with a lab and additional coursework as needed to reach the 10-credit requirement.
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Remaining 3 credits may not include HIST
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.
Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)
Courses must be selected from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.
Selectives (3 credits)
Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.
Professional Core (30-31 credits)
Concentrations (24 credits)
History and Politics (24 credits)
- Choose an additional 12 credits of HIST/POLS courses to fulfill the 24-credit requirement.
- Choose an additional 15 credits of ECON courses at level 200 or higher to fulfill the 24-credit requirement.
Sociology/Anthropology (24 credits)
- Choose an additional 12 credits of SOC/ANTH courses at level 200 or higher to fulfill the 24-credit requirement.
Other applied studies or minors, with program director approval, including student-designed applied coursework option.