Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Sep 23, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science Major

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The Social Science major is designed to develop knowledge and skills in history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, international studies, and geography; provide interdisciplinary study in the social sciences; and study current affairs and handling of controversial issues. The major is excellent preparation for law school, government service, graduate school, and secondary school teaching in social studies. Four social science emphases are available: Global Studies, History, Politics, and Psychology.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Science requires completion of the following 120 credits:
General Education Core (48 credit hours)
Social Science Major Core (33 credit hours)
Electives (39 credit hours)

General Education Requirements (48 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Take one course from each of the following three academic disciplines:

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

Choose one course from the following:

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)

Take the following four courses (some courses are cross-listed and only one prefix needs to be taken):

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

* Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

Take each of the following four courses:

Social Science Major (33 credit hours)

Field-Related Electives (6 credit hours)

The Field-Related Electives can be done from the same or a different prefix as that of the Required Emphasis (below). Credit received from Teaching Assistantships does not count towards field-related elective credits.

Choose 6 credit hours of upper level (300 or above) courses not already part of the Required Emphasis Core from the following prefixes:

  • ECO - Economics 
  • GLS - Global Studies
  • HIS - History 
  • POL - Politics
  • PSY - Psychology

Required Emphasis Core (12 credit hours)

Choose an emphasis in one of the following subject areas: 

  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Politics
  • Psychology

Select 12 credit hours within the selected subject area (not including any credits received for Teaching Assistantships).  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be from upper level (300 or above) courses. All courses within the emphasis must be from the same prefix (e.g. GLS for an emphasis in Global Studies).

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