As a social science student, you’ll study the connections among sociology, history, political science, geography and economics. This major complements studies in communications, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, geographic information science, journalism, leadership and military science.
Put Your Degree to Work
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Environmental scientist||$63,570 per year||15% (13,200 more jobs)|
|Political scientist||$102,000 per year||21% (1,400 more jobs)|
|Sociologist||$74,960 per year||15% (400 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Social Science Major
The Social Science Major is an interdisciplinary program useful for students with a general interest in the social sciences. The major complements a wide variety of minors in the social sciences as well as minors in communications, entrepreneurship, sustainability and environmental policy, geographic information science, journalism, leadership, and military science. The major is also a flexible program useful for students who are changing their majors late in their undergraduate program. The Social Science major is similar to the social studies major, but does not lead to K-12 certification. Students will be assigned an advisor in their focus area or be advised by the Chair of the Social Science Council.
Total: 37-38 semester hours
Required Courses I
plus one additional course in Economics (ECO) or Sociology (SOC) for 3 hours.
Human Geography and Globalization
This course is an introduction to human geography that provides geographical perspectives on population, the economy, politics, urbanization, and culture. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. This course may be offered as writing intensive. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
The Quest for Liberty: The United States to 1865
Explores the U.S.'s emergence from imperial colonies into a nation "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal," and antebellum struggles toward equality. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Examines the formal institutions of government and how politics actually works in the United States: civil rights, civil liberties, elections, media, interest groups and more. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Required Courses II
Select 9 to 10 hours, one course from each of the following groups:
Required Courses III
Twelve (12) additional hours in a single social science discipline from the following designators: ECO, GEO, HST, PSC, or SOC. At least six of these hours must be at the 300 level or higher.
Required Courses IV
Select one of the following:
Note: Students must enroll in one of the four courses listed above for one credit hour in consultation with the major advisor to complete a portfolio project on a social science topic appropriate to the area of emphasis.
Exploration of topics in geography agreed upon by student and instructor. Only 1-3 credits can be earned within one registration period. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Each offering studies a selected historical topic using readings, discussion, lecture, and research as appropriate. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Directed reading or research on an approved topic. Prerequisite: Open to students not on academic probation and who shall have completed 12 semester hours in political science, with the permission of the instructor.
Explorations of special problems in subject areas found within Political Science individually agreed upon by student and instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: Undergraduates must have a major or minor in PSC and/or PAD and at least 12 hours completed in PSC and/or PAD, as well as approval by instructor and department chair before registration. Graduate students must have approval by instructor and department chair before registration.
Three additional hours at the 300 level or higher in a discipline other than the one chosen in Required Courses III, from one of the following designators: ECO, GEO, HST, PSC, or SOC.