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 140/141General Psychology3
PS 140Introduction to Politics and American Government3
SOC 140Principles of Sociology3
EC 203Economics3
SS 393Research Methods and Applied Statistics4
OR EDPSY 395Observation, Assessment and Evaluation3
Choose one from the following courses:
SS 355Issues in International Relations3
SOC 340Ethnic Relations3
SOC 345Social Problems and Public Policy3
SOC/TH 470Christian Social Concern3
SOC 380Contemporary Family Issues3
Electives in HIS, EC, PSY, PS, SOC, SW, HD22-23

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)