Programs of Study including Majors & Minors


Social Change and Development

Interdisciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science)

Professors Harvey J. Kaye, Andrew E. Kersten, Craig A. Lockard, Kim Nielsen (chair), Larry Smith, Lynn Walter
Associate ProfessorsAndrew Austin, Mark Everingham
Assistant Professor — Timothy Dale

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Social Change and Development Major Requirements | Social Change and Development Minor Requirements | Course Descriptions

A major in Social Change and Development focuses on social processes and social problems. It addresses the problem of why and how societies and cultures around the world change and the question of whether those changes promote justice, equity, democracy, and development of human potential. Social Change and Development stresses historical, comparative, and critical perspectives because understanding the present requires understanding the past, and understanding of our own lives and our own society requires understanding the world. This program thus offers wide-ranging educational challenges and provides students with broadly applicable learning experiences useful for many career paths.

Social Change and Development is appropriate for individuals interested in graduate work in the social sciences, law school, journalism, international business, and a variety of careers related to community development, social justice, social and environmental activism, women’s and gender equity, and other social issues. Graduates work in a wide range of careers including business, domestic and international development, education, helping professions, journalism, law and criminal justice, library science, museum administration, and politics. Some have pursued advanced studies in fields such as anthropology, area studies, criminal justice, economics, history, international relations, law, library science, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Majors select an area of emphasis from among the following:

  • American studies addresses social problems, public issues, social criticism and strategies for change with respect to contemporary American society.
  • Global studies focuses on international politics, development, sociocultural change, and history, especially in relationship to the nations of the South or Third World. It orients students toward careers in foreign service, international business or other international organizations, and for graduate study.
  • Law and justice studies examines the legal system and its relationship to the larger social order. Subjects covered in the emphasis include civil and criminal law and the criminal justice process. Courses offered stress critical and historical study and pose the problem of social justice in diverse societies. Law and justice studies is appropriate for students planning careers in law and criminal justice.
  • Women’s and gender studies explores historical, comparative, and contemporary perspectives on women’s experiences. It is useful for students planning careers in social services, education, counseling and therapy, personnel management, community organizing, labor relations, religious service, or other fields in which issues of gender are important.

It is possible also to develop individualized emphases in consultation with the program adviser.

Students seeking the interdisciplinary major or minor in Social Change and Development may choose to combine their programs with an appropriate disciplinary or with another interdisciplinary field of study. Among fields most relevant are anthropology, First Nations studies, business, communication, economics, education, ethnic studies, history, human development, international studies, journalism, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, urban and regional studies, and women’s studies.

Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay’s participation in international exchange programs and National Student Exchange. Travel courses are another option for obtaining academic credits and completing requirements. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2413 or see

Social Change and Development Major Requirements
Social Change and Development Minor Requirements
Course Descriptions