Social Science

​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Environmental scientist$63,570 per year15% (13,200 more jobs)
Political scientist$102,000 per year21% (1,400 more jobs)
Sociologist$74,960 per year15% (400 more jobs)​

Program Overview

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, environmental studies, 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 For additional information, see the list of advisors in the Course Search & Registration.
Required Courses I
(12 hours)
plus one additional course in Economics (ECO) or Sociology (SOC) for 3 hours.
GEO 121
Cultures of the World
3
HST 111
The Quest for Liberty: The United States to 1865
3
PSC 105
Introduction to American Government and Politics
3
Required Courses II
(9-10 hours)
Select 9 to 10 hours, one course from each of the following groups:
MR2A-SOCSCI
Group 1
MR2B-SOCSCI
Group 2
MR2C-SOCSCI
Group 3
Required Courses III
(12 hours)
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
(1 hour)
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.
GEO 397
Independent Study
1-6
HST 497
Special Studies
1-6
PSC 390
Independent Study
1-6
PSC 590
Independent Study
1-6
Electives
(3 hours)
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.

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