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Social Sciences

B.A. in Social Sciences Curriculum Guide (PDF)

B.A. in Social Sciences with a Concentration in Teacher Certification for Secondary Schools (PDF)

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences Program is conferred upon students who complete an approved program of study with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 GPA in professional course work. A minimum grade of C must be earned for all courses pertaining to the major course of study.


The broad purpose of the social sciences is to treat men's/women's group relationships in order that their creations in the arts as well as their discoveries in the sciences may be understood, appreciated, and applied to contemporary society.

This purpose is delineated as follows:

  1. Through a study of social sciences, the student should gain a knowledge and appreciation of the political, historical, social, economic, and broad cultural experiences of people from prehistoric times to the modern era.
  2. Social sciences provide support courses to enable students in other disciplines to meet degree or certification requirements.
  3. Social sciences afford students the opportunity to pursue, in depth, areas of special interest in history, criminal justice, psychology, social work, professional counseling, sociology, and addictions counseling.
  4. Social Sciences prepare students for subsequent graduate studies in the social sciences or the study of law.

Student Outcomes of the Social Sciences Program

Upon successful completion of the Social Sciences Program, students should be able to

  1. recall essential factual information in their chosen curriculum;
  2. read, understand, and critique standard reference works and professional periodicals in their area of concentration;
  3. demonstrate successful acquisition of skills required in their area of concentration;
  4. assess critically theories and trends in the area of concentration of their chosen curriculum;
  5. practice professional skills including analysis and problem solving, critical reading abilities, writing, listening, general research, task organization, and management;
  6. synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field of the social sciences;
  7. demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking, decision making, and independent judgment in the area of concentration of their chosen curriculum;
  8. practice leadership skills in collaboration with members of the social sciences professions;
  9. accept ethical responsibility and accountability for professional decisions, actions, and their consequences.