Social Science Major

Our Social Science degree studies provide opportunity for students in a variety of occupational settings in social services, law, government, law enforcement, and education.

Students are also prepared for graduate study.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Social Science Major

40-42 credits: 18 credits in residence, 27 credits upper division. Required:

PSY 140/141 General Psychology 3
PS 140 Introduction to Politics and American Government 3
SOC 140 Principles of Sociology 3
EC 203 Economics 3
SS 393 Research Methods and Applied Statistics 4
OR EDPSY 395 Observation, Assessment and Evaluation 3
Choose one from the following courses:
SS 355 Issues in International Relations 3
SOC 340 Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
SOC/TH 470 Christian Social Concern 3
SOC 380 Contemporary Family Issues 3
Electives in HIS, EC, PSY, PS, SOC, SW, HD 22-23

Major Competencies

  • Articulate principles of individual human behavior and their subsequent impact on social organization, cultural patterns and social institutions.
  • Explain the process(es) of quantitative and qualitative research approaches in the formation of public policy, nationally as well as internationally.
  • Analyze the relationship(s) between individual economic units, overall economic principles, and the various institutions and issues of government.
  • Describe the basic concepts, theories, models, and vocabulary necessary to understand social science.
  • Critically evaluate social science research, integrating the following: scientific method, various research designs, and the construction of researchable questions.
  • Experience “hands on” learning and contextual networking the field of social science.
  • Identify the major issues of the field of social science and observe how these influence both self and others.
  • Analyze differences between structures and practices of various world views as they relate to social science.
  • Explore the implications of ethical challenges for their discipline.
  • Demonstrate information literacy by applying appropriate internet and library resources in the development of research papers and presentations.
  • Discuss the complexities of national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and cultural relations and how these social divides challenge people as they seek to live and work respectfully with all persons.
  • Synthesize concepts learned into a holistic view of persons and their interacting systems.

(Updated Sept. 2015)