B.S. Applied Social Science

Are you interested in subjects such as history, economics and sociology?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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“Before you can change the world you have to understand it.”

Interested in fields like history, economics, and sociology? Want a flexible degree that allows you to work in all areas of the economy? The world needs the critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills of our graduates. You can make a difference!

Rather than grooming you for a particular job, we help you create a customized set of educational experiences to prepare you for a fulfilling and rewarding career. / UW-Stout

As an Applied Social Science major, you’ll have the flexibility to choose from an extensive array of options, such as: 


  • Economics
  • History/Politics
  • Sociology/Anthropology

Certificates and Areas of Interest

  • Social Work Certificate
  • Global Studies
  • Pre-Law


  • Applied Peace Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Sociology
  • Tourism

Most workers change jobs 10 to 15 times in their lives and need transferable skills. Employers are looking for college graduates who possess critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and who can address complex real-world problems and issues. That’s where we can help. 

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Students talk about their experiences at UW-Stout and in the Applied Social Science program.
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This program builds on your strengths, goals and interests to create a customized educational experience and prepare you for a rewarding career—no matter what you choose to do. We provide close mentoring and academic advising to help you find the path best suited to your interests, strengths, and goals. 

The Applied Social Science program strives to build long-lasting relationships among students and between faculty and students. We work closely together in the classroom and in conducting research. We also host events such as our annual Fall picnic, our Spring picnic and awards ceremony, panel discussions and film screenings.

Objectives & Outcomes

The B.S. in Applied Social Science program provides a comprehensive and challenging academic experience which will prepare you for employment in a broad array of careers. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:

Goal 1: Knowledge base in the social sciences and history

Students will demonstrate a breadth of understanding of the theories, perspectives, and findings of the social sciences and history. Students will be able to articulate an in-depth understanding of the fields in their concentration.

Goal 2: Inter-disciplinary learning

Students will synthesize methods and theories from multiple disciplinary perspectives to analyze social and historical issues, problems, and/or questions.

Goal 3: Context

Students will understand social issues in global and historical context.

Goal 4: Professional communication skills

Students will be proficient in oral, written, and visual communication skills.

Goal 5: Research methodology

Students will design appropriate applied social science and/or historical research and collect appropriate qualitative, quantitative, and/or primary source data to execute the design.

Goal 6: Data and primary source analysis

Students will demonstrate professional qualitative, quantitative, and historical data analysis skills.

Goal 7: Application

Students will use social science and historical knowledge, research, and analysis skills to address social problems. Students will demonstrate an ability to make policy and practice recommendations and use knowledge and skills to address problems in professional settings (business, non-profit, government, education, etc.).

Goal 8: Technology

Students will demonstrate an ability to use appropriate technology and software to gather social science and history literature and to collect and analyze data.

Goal 9: Diversity and inclusion

Students will understand the value of diversity and inclusion of diverse populations, use social science and history to understand inequalities and issues of diversity, and use skills to work for more equitable workplaces and society.

Goal 10: Professional and research ethics

Students will demonstrate and practice appropriate ethical conduct.

Goal 11: Global citizenship and social responsibility

Students will practice civic engagement and responsibility, evaluate information in the public realm to make informed choices, and demonstrate leadership skills.

Career Opportunities

Through studying history, economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science, a degree in Applied Social Science will open up a wide variety of exciting and fulfilling careers. 

You can find employment in many sectors of the economy: 

  • Business 
  • Non-profit and activist organizations 
  • Historical sites and museums 
  • Government agencies 
  • International non-governmental organizations 
  • Social service agencies 

You can earn a social work certificate that will allow you to become licensed in the state of Wisconsin. 

You can find jobs in the disciplines of:  

  • Market Research 
  • Public Policy Analysis 
  • Social Services 
  • Program Evaluation 
  • Government Research 
  • Human Resources 
  • Public Relations 
  • Finance 

You can also prepare for: 

  • Law school 
  • Master’s programs in the social sciences 
  • Ph.D. Programs 
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs 
  • Public Health and Policy Masters 

Recent graduates have gone on to work for finance companies, community and political organizations, schools, and non-profit agencies, while others have gone on to law school, masters programs, or doctoral programs. 

Our alumni currently hold positions at:

  • Deft Research (Director of Marketing)
  • Rebuilding Together Twin Cities (Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator)
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way (Social Impact Coordinator)
  • ProPartners Financial (Company Data Analysis)
  • Mercury Matrix Inc. (Marketing and Sales Account Manager)
  • Maine Conservation Corps (Field Team Member) 
APSS Advisory Board

2018 APSS Advisory Board

  • Maren Conradi, APSS Alumna, Director of Marketing Deft Research Board of Directors
    Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network
  • Sam Foster, APSS Alumnus; Program Coordinator and Business Intelligence Specialist
    ProPartners Financial
  • Stephanie Hintz, APSS Alumna, MSW Student
    University of Minnestoa-Twin Cities
  • Brooke Noden, APSS Alumna, People Department Coordinator
    Spare Foot 
  • Sara Olinger, F&CS Manager
    Dunn County Human Services
  • Derek Orwig, Executive Director
    Main Street of Menomonie, Inc.
  • Dan Prestebak, County Conservationist
    Dunn County Land and Water Conservation
  • Jane Redig, Community Connections Program Coordinator
    Stepping Stones of Dunn County
  • Diane Simon, Executive Director
    United Way of Dunn County
  • Ron Verdon, President, Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association

APSS Leadership Representatives

  • Amanda Barnett, CEHHS/Program Director
  • Cherrie Bergandi, CVTC-Dean of General Education
  • Mark Fenton, Program Director, BS Business Admin., COM, Business Administration
  • D. Chris Ferguson, CAHSS, Social Science-Economics
  • Georgios Loizides, CAHSS, Social Science-Sociology, Anthropology
  • Jeffrey Sweat, CAHSS, Social Science-Sociology
  • Kim Zagorski, CAHSS, Social Science-Political Science
  • Robert Zeidel, Department Chair, BS Applied Social Science CAHSS, Social Science-History

APSS Student Representatives

  • Kelvin Smith, APSS Student, Sociology/Anthropology Concentration
  • Ben Burich, APSS Student, History and Political Concentration
  • Tony Hoffman, APSS Student and President, Social Science Society
Social Science Society

The Social Science Society was formed to create an open-minded environment for students to express their passions through multiple disciplines in a discussion. We participate in community activism, global awareness and current events in society. We hope to create strong relationships and enhance our knowledge of humanistic perspectives.

When: Based off events; times will vary 
Where: Tour de Cafe — traveling around local establishments

Find us online at  Facebook  | Website
Or contact Anthony Hoffman, Organization President

Learning hands-on in small classes allowed me to make connections with my peers and professors.
Roselyn Anderson B.S. Applied Social Science
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