2008-2009 Social Science Program

Objectives | Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Composite Teaching Major

Program Goals

  • To improve one's critical and interdisciplinary thinking in the social sciences.
  • To become effective researchers and to learn how to communicate one’s results.
  • To become logical synthesizers of information through improved reading, writing, and presentation skills.
  • To become effective problem solvers through collaboration and teamwork.

Objectives

Social Science offers an academic major and a composite teaching major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an academic minor. The curriculum objective of this program is to provide students with a strong interdisciplinary background supplying the conceptual tools needed to analyze, evaluate, criticize, and comprehend behavioral, social, and cultural patterns. The Social Science majors and minor share coursework from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and justice studies.

Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the social science academic major and minor and the composite teaching major. Students choosing a double major or minor within Social Science may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed as “required classes” for both majors/minors may be applied to both.

A minimum of twelve credit hours of social science coursework must be completed at Westminster.

Either PSYC/SOC 390 or SOC 391 must be taken prior to registering for ANTH 471, JUST 471, PLSC 471, PSYC 471, or SOC 471. MATH 150 is required prior to PSYC/SOC 390.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Social Science major.

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE

ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science, LE
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
(Highly recommended, but required only if choosing PSYC/SOC 390 as Research Methods option)

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE
or
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE






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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Social Science majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Social Science & Related Courses

20

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)

ECON 105 Intro. to Economics as a Social Science, LE

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE (4)
or
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE (4)

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE



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III.

Upper Division Social Science Courses

24

Take one of the following courses (should be taken in the junior year):
PSYC/SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
or
SOC 391 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
(must be taken one semester prior to SOC 470)

Take one of the following courses (should be taken in the junior year):
JUST 301 Criminology Theories (4)
PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)
PSYC 352 Personality Theories (4)
SOC 313 Introduction to Social Theory (4)

Senior Thesis: Two of the following (taken sequentially in the senior year):
ANTH 471 Social Science Thesis (2)
JUST 471 Social Science Thesis (2)
PLSC 471 Social Science Thesis (2)
PSYC 471 Social Science Thesis (2)
SOC 471 Social Science Thesis (2)

Additional Social Science coursework:
(Of the 12 credits, students must take a minimum of 4 credits each in three of the following four fields: ANTH, PLSC, PSYC or SOC. Coursework must be numbered 300 or above.)

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

52

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

16

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE (4)
or
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE (4)

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE



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II.

Electives

8

Additional Social Science course work (4 hours must be numbered 300 or above)

8

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

24

Composite Teaching Major

The social science composite teaching major is an interdisciplinary major consisting of coursework from political science, psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, and geography.

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Social Science Teaching major.

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science, LE
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE




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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Social Science Teaching majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Social Science Courses

23

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science
ESS 101 Introduction to Geography
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE

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III.

Upper Division Social Science Courses

17

SOC 450 Methods of Teaching Social Sciences
Social Science course work numbered 300 or above

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14

IV.

Electives

6

Additional Social Science coursework (from ANTH, PSYC, PLSC, SOC)

6

V.

Teaching Minor in History

21

In addition to the Composite Teaching Major, a teaching minor in History is required. Specific course selection should be made in consultation with the education faculty.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE COMPOSITE TEACHING MAJOR

75