Applied Social Science


The Bachelor’s of Science degree in Applied Social Science will be housed in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This major includes Social Science Department coursework which will serve as the professional core for the program. This degree will concentrate on four major emphasis areas: general education; a professional core which includes breadth in the social sciences including economics, sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology; the choice of a social science concentration (history and politics, economics, sociology and anthropology); and an applied concentration (environmental issues and analysis or global issues).

It will provide students with:

  • Social science theoretical perspectives,
  • A solid knowledge base in the social sciences and history,
  • The ability to apply critical thinking and analytic skills to creatively solve practical problems in the social, economic and political arenas, and
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills in an increasingly diverse and changing workforce.

Students can concentrate their studies in these areas: 

  • History and Politics » description... 
  • Economics » description...
  • Sociology and Anthropology » description...

High School Preparation


There are a broad range of jobs in the social science field. Administrative and Support Services, Educational Services, and Social Services are areas in which Applied Social Science program graduates are likely to be employed. See the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information.

Average beginning salary for UW-Stout graduates in this major — $29,000
100% employed in 2012–2013 

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Freshman English – Composition or Freshman English – Honors I
Fundamentals of Speech
Modern World History
Principles of Economics I
Social Problems
Health and Physical Education

Freshman English – Reading or Freshman English – Honors II
Principles of Economics II
Health and Physical Education
College Math I
Introductory Sociology
Cultural Anthropology

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Principles of Economics I
Tools of basic economic analysis including scarcity, cost, and demand and supply; macroeconomic issues such as economic growth, inflation, and unemployment; alternative macroeconomic theories; and fiscal and monetary policies.

Principles of Economics II

Theory of individual economic behavior; price determination; market structures; labor, capital and natural resource markets; international economics; and current microeconomic topics.

Introductory Sociology
Social interaction in human groups; relationships between individual and group; social inequality; basic social institutions, social change and current social trends; the sociocultural diversity of groups; the infrastructure and interrelationships of social organizations; and alternative theoretical perspectives for explaining these social phenomenon.

Introduction to Geography and Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to the regional and cultural geography of the world, cartography, physical and human resources of major areas of the globe and related geographic information. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its use in a variety of applications.

American Government
Structures and processes of national, state and local government in the United States; constitutional framework, political theory and ideology, racial and ethnic dimensions of U.S. political culture, civil rights, media, voting, parties, elections, interest groups, and policy making. Comparisons with selected foreign governments.

Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to concepts and methods; variability of culture; outline of cultural elements; processes of cultural change.

General Ethics

Ethical valuing process: principal ethical theories and their application to common human problems.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Contact Information

Giorgios Loizides, Program Director
101 Tainter Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-2461

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