This major provides broad interdisciplinary preparation which students can tailor to their professional needs and interests. Students may undertake concentrated study in sociology, history, political science, geography, or economics while exploring the connections among these five disciplines through introductory and advanced course work.
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
plus one additional course in Economics (ECO) or Sociology (SOC) for 3 hours.
Cultures of the World
Population, political, economic, and other cultural phenomena and their world distribution patterns are presented upon a non-technical background of physical geography. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (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 or hybrid format. (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.
Prerequisite: Open to majors or minors who have completed at least 12 hours of political science with a B average; arrange with department chairperson and instructor.
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.