The University of Wisconsin-Platteville offers options for those wanting to major in history or the social sciences as a preparation for teaching, graduate work, or professional training, such as law.

History Major

As a history major, you will become broader in perspective, more literate, intellectually more astute, ethically more sensitive, and you will be able to participate wisely in society as a competent professional and a knowledgeable citizen.

You will understand the complexity of the factors and forces that can cause historical change, and you will analyze and evaluate historical narratives that explain change. You will develop skills in reading, writing, analysis, and logic.

Learn to do research using written documents, assess arguments, and to interpret economic, social, political, cultural, and technological change in a variety of contexts.

A history major requires 39 total credits in history. Full requirements can be found in the University Catalog.

Social Science Comprehensive Major

If you desire a broad training in the liberal arts, you can find it within the social sciences comprehensive major.

The social sciences comprehensive major requires 60-69 total credits and includes course work in economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, and psychology.

You will choose an emphasis in either history or psychology. You will have a faculty advisor to help you choose courses that complete this emphasis area.

Preparing for Teaching

If you plan to teach in a middle school or high school, the social sciences comprehensive major will be good preparation.

  • Completing the social sciences comprehensive major meets the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) certification requirements for a teaching license in broad field social studies and in an area of emphasis, history or psychology.
  • You will be able to teach fusion courses in the social sciences, as well as courses in history or psychology.
  • With the social sciences comprehensive major or minor as your foundation, you may pursue DPI certification to teach courses in economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, or psychology by completing a total of 15 credits in that discipline.
  • If your intending to use this as a secondary education major, you must also meet all professional requirements in the School of Education.

Full requirements for the social sciences comprehensive major can be found in the University Catalog.

Social Science Comprehensive Minor

If you’re planning to teach middle school or high school may want to choose a social sciences comprehensive minor, to complement a declared major in economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, or psychology. 

Full requirements for the minor can be found in the University Catalog.