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Social Science

Social Science Major

A special interdisciplinary Social Science major is available. It includes courses from disciplines such as history, economics, political science, geography, psychology, sociology, or anthropology. Students can obtain the appropriate curriculum guides from the School of Education , Office of Registration and Records , or the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office .

Before taking advanced course work required for the Social Science major, the student should complete at least one year in each of the required disciplines. In addition, students should complete course work in economics and world history.

Students who wish to prepare for high school teaching should make this intention known to the School of Education before entering their junior year to ensure that state teacher certification requirements are met.

Major Requirements

Major: Social Science

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements                                                                            

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study, a second major, or a second degree is required.                                                                            

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree – Second year language proficiency at college level required.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Requirements

An additional 9 credits are required by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs of study, except the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree:

AH&SS College Requirements
Courses used to satisfy any general education requirement cannot be used to also count toward the AH&SS College Requirements. A minimum of three credits is required in each of the 3 following areas for a total of 9 credits. Choose only those courses with the prefixes listed for each area. A course with the WGS prefix can only be used in one area.
Area One: Humanities3
Area Two: Social Sciences3
Area Three: Fine Arts3
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Social Science Major Requirements
HistoryUS HIST at 400 level6
PsychologyPSYC at 300-400 Level6
SociologySOC at 300-400 Level6
Political Science: Select 2 from the following:6
Political Behavior-Executive-Legislative Process
Political Behavior-Political Parties
State and Local Politics
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy a general education category B and G)3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
Social ScienceElective0-2
Senior Capstone Experience1-3
The Senior Capstone experience must be completed in one of the following departments: HISTORY, ECONOMICS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY OR SOCIOLOGY / ANTHROPOLOGY. A capstone course completed for a second major in History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology / Anthropology can be used to satisfy the Social Science major capstone requirement.
Total Credits34-38