Social Sciences

The major in Social Sciences introduces students to the major disciplines that make up the social sciences and provides advanced coursework in several of these. Students in this interdisciplinary program will also develop their analytical and communication skills. Social sciences graduates will be prepared to enter a variety of graduate or professional programs and to succeed in such careers as business, education, government, information management, and law.

The Social Sciences major is designed for students who do not choose to specialize in any of the other majors offered in the Division of Social Sciences. Thus, the Social Sciences major may not be earned in conjunction with any of the other majors offered in the Division of Social Sciences.

Please note: The requirements below apply to the current catalog year. Students should always confirm requirements for their Catalog Year with their academic advisor.

Major Requirements

  • Either:
    • ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics (3), or
    • ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • Either:
    • GEOG 200: World Geography (3), or
    • POL 208: International Politics (3)
  • HIST 150: The Modern World (3)
  • HIST 207: History of the United States from 1865 (3)
  • POL 205: American National Government & Politics (3)
  • PSYC 201: Introductory Psychology (3)
  • SOC 203: Introductory Sociology (3)
  • Either:
    • Option 1:
      • MGT 308WI/SI: Business Communications (3). This is the only course that fulfills the Writing Intensive (WI) and Speech Intensive (SI) requirements simultaneously.
    • Option 2:
      • Any Writing Intensive (WI) course (3)
      • Any Speech Intensive (SI) course (3)
  • XXX: Electives, additional 21 credits of Social Science elective courses at the 300-400 level. These courses may be chosen from the following areas, and the student must choose classes from at least three different disciplines. In determining the grade point average for the major, only those Social Science electives applied to the program will be counted.
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • History
    • International studies
    • Political science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology


Social Science Education

Students who plan to teach Social Science on the secondary level should consult with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.