Program Overview103 Lewis Hall
This multidisciplinary major includes upper-division social science courses selected by faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students explore diverse political, social, environmental, gender, ethnic, and cultural perspectives in pursuit of their degrees. Coursework encourages greater understanding of issues, ideas, and themes in history and in the contemporary world. Analytical, research, and communication skills which can enhance a person's career opportunities are emphasized.
The coursework in social science is organized into three tracks:
Social and Environmental Issues addresses key ecological, environmental, and social issues of tribal, peasant, industrial, and post-industrial societies from around the world. This track includes assessments of how technological, ecological, environmental, economic, cultural, and sociopolitical factors interact to affect the form and function of social, cultural, and political systems and institutions. It also features courses which explain classical and contemporary theories of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology bearing on these issues.
Law, Politics, and the Economy deals with the role and function of government, legal institutions, and economic and political processes, focusing on the complex interaction of political and economic forces which shape social life. Important areas of study include the character of political power and inequality, law and other sources of state legitimacy, international relations and the economic interdependence of nation-states, and the role of the state in maintaining social order and ameliorating conflict within and between societies.
Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture studies the cultural, geographic, historical, political, psychological, and social factors which define, shape, and change the various peoples of the United States. Racism, age and sex discrimination, the status and role of women, the treatment of immigrants, the emergence of classes and sociocultural interest groups, and aspects of religious movements and religious conflict are core topics. Courses assessing theories that examine and explain these issues are also essential.
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Social Science offers the following program of study:
Bachelor of ArtsSuggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: English composition and additional writing. Introductory courses in Individuals & Societies (I&S); Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA); and Natural World (NW). First-year foreign language study.
Program Admission Requirements
Major Requirements60 credits from the approved list of social science survey and track courses, as follows:
Additional Degree Requirements
The Evening Degree advising staff monitors the academic performance of all students enrolled in the social science major. Students must maintain a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA. A student who drops below a 2.00 during the first quarter of enrollment in the program is placed on academic warning. If at the end of any quarter other than the first quarter in the program a student's cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00, the student is placed on probation. If in the subsequent quarter that student does not earn a quarterly GPA of 2.50 or higher, that student is placed on academic drop and must seek reinstatement to stay enrolled in the program.
Students who are placed on academic warning or probation must meet with their academic adviser quarterly to ensure they are making efforts to correct any issues affecting their academic performance.
Students placed on academic drop may be asked to take a leave from school for a period of up to one calendar year, without being reinstated. Students are asked to complete a reinstatement petition before re-admission to the program and to the University.
Student Outcomes and Opportunities