2010 - 2011 Social Science Program (SSCI)

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

Faculty:Kristjane Nordmeyer, Mark Rubinfeld, Gretchen Siegler, Chuck Tripp, Michael Zarkin

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, 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.

Students taking the social science academic major have a choice between two tracks:

  • Track 1: Intend to go on to graduate school immediately after graduation
  • Track 2: Intend to go into the workforce immediately after graduation

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major Liberal Education Courses

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
JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies, LE
(JUST 101 only required for Track 2)

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
(MATH 150 only required for Track 1)

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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Academic Major Track 1

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 24
. ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)

ECON 105 Intro. to Economics as a Social Science, LE
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, 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):
JUST 301 Criminology Theories (4)
PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)
PSYC 352 Personality Theories (4)
SOC 313 Social Theory (4)

SOC 390 Social Research Methods
(must be taken in first semester of senior year)

SSCI 470 Senior Thesis Seminar
(must be taken in second semester of senior year)

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

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 56

Recommended Plan of Study for Track 1 Social Sciences

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ANTH 160 or 252
ECON 105
PLSC 121 or 101
PSYC 105
SOC 105
Language I and Language II
Sophomore Year
Junior Year MATH 150 JUST 301 or PLSC 367 or
PSYC 352 or SOC 313
Senior Year SOC 390 SSCI 470

Academic Major Track 2

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 24
. ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)

ECON 105 Intro. to Economics as a Social Science, LE
JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies, 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
. SSCI 301 Portfolio Workshop
(must begin attending workshop in first semester of junior year, but register for course in last semester of senior year)

SSCI 441 Practicum
(must be taken in first semester of senior year)

Additional Social Science coursework
Take a minimum of 4 credits in each of the following five fields: ANTH, JUST, PLSC, PSYC or SOC. Coursework must be numbered 300 or above.
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20
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 56

Recommended Plan of Study for Track 2 Social Sciences

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ANTH 160 or 252
ECON 105
PLSC 101 or 121
PSYC 105
SOC 105
Language I and Language II
Sophomore Year
Junior Year Begin Portfolio Workshop Attendance JUST 101
Senior Year . SSCI 301
SSCI 441

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 16
. Choose one course from at least four of the following five disciplines:

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

JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies (4)

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

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE (4)

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II. Electives 8
. Additional Social Science coursework (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 20
. Choose five of these six courses:

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science, LE (4)
JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies, LE (4)
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE (4)
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE (4)
.
III. Upper Division Social Science Courses 3
. EDUC 386 Methods of Teaching Secondary School History and Social Science 3
IV. Electives 16
. Social Science coursework (from at least four of the five disciplines: ANTH, JUST, PSYC, PLSC, SOC. Coursework must be numbered 300 or above. .
V. Teaching Minor in History 21-22
. 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.

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE COMPOSITE TEACHING MAJOR 68-69