“Before you can change the world you have to understand it.”
Are you interested in fields like history, economics, and sociology? Do you want a flexible degree that allows you to work in all areas of the economy? The world needs critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills and with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Social Science, you can make a difference!
The Applied Social Science 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.
Certificates and Areas of Interest
- Social Work Certificate
- Global Studies
- Applied Peace Studies
- Business Administration
- Cultural Anthropology
- Geographic Information Systems
- Human Resources Management
Our program strives to build long-lasting relationships among students and between faculty and students. You'll work closely with other students and faculty in the classroom and when conducting research. We also host events such as our annual Fall picnic, our Spring picnic and awards ceremony, panel discussions and film screenings.
The B.S. in Applied Social Science program provides a comprehensive and challenging academic experience that will prepare you for employment in a broad array of careers.
"The professors are some of the most dedicated and compassionate people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They not only teach us but inspire us to grow and try new things with our studies."
-- Jordyn HorvathB.S. Applied Social Science
Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Social Science.
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.
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:
- 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
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)
Advisory Committee Members
|Roselyn||Anderson||APSS Alumna, Senior Financial Analyst at Amazon Prime Video||Nestle|
|Kevin||Drzakowski||Associate Dean||UW-Stout, CACHSS|
|Mark||Fenton||Program Director, BS Business Administration||UW-Stout, CSTEMM|
|D. Chris||Ferguson||Associate Professor||UW-Stout, Social Science-Economics|
|Sam||Foster||APSS Alumnus; Associate General Counsel and Privacy Officer at Compeer Financial||ProPartners Financial|
|Padraig||Gallagher||Executive Director||Stepping Stones of Dunn County|
|Louisa||Gerasimo||Human Development and Relationship Educator||UW Extension, Dunn County|
|Tina||Lee||Program Director, BS APSS||UW-Stout, CACHSS|
|Georgios||Loizides||Associate Professor||UW-Stout, Social Science-Sociology, Anthropology|
|Bill||McMahon||Analyst Resource Center/CareerOneStop Manager||Minessota Department of Employment and Economic Development|
|Sara||Olinger||Director, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dunn County||Dunn County Human Services|
|Chase||Cummings||County Conservationist||Dunn County Land and Water Conservation|
|Bethanne||Shriner||Program Director, BS Human Development and Family Studies||UW-Stout, CAHS|
|Jeffrey||Sweat||Associate Professor||UW-Stout, Social Science-Sociology, Anthropology|
|Ron||Verdon||Past President||Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association|
|Thomas||Pearson||Department Chair, Social Science||UW-Stout, Social Science-Political Science|
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 on events; times will vary
Where: Tour de Cafe — traveling around local establishments
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Or contact Anthony Hoffman, Organization President