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.

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


​Code ​Course ​Credit
ECON 201 or
ECON 202
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
​GEOG 200 or
POL 208
World Geography
International Politics
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
​Electives xxx Additional 21 credits of Social Science elective courses at the 300-400 level. SEE NOTES BELOW. 21
XX xxx Any WI/SI course OR
Any WI course AND any SI course
​Total ​42


  • The additional 21 credit hours of elective Social Science courses at the 300-400 level may be chosen from economics, geography, history, international studies, political science, psychology, or sociology.
  • The student must choose 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.
  • MGT 308WI/SI, Business Communications, is the only JU course that fulfills the Writing Intensive (WI) and Speech Intensive (SI) requirements simultaneously; in all other situations students must complete one WI and one SI course.


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.