Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
    May 22, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Sciences

Hegis Code 2201

The social sciences major is designed to give students wide exposure to the social sciences, while concentrating in one particular discipline. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in history, history/political science, psychology, or sociology, and distribute the remaining credits over two other areas. In doing so, the student receives a strong foundation in the theories, research techniques, and analytical skills of one of the social sciences, while developing an understanding of the relationship between this discipline and the other social sciences. This major is particularly useful to students who are interested in a childhood teaching or a social service career.

Program Requirements for Social Sciences Major

The student majoring in social sciences will complete a total of 39 credits. These credits must be distributed in a “21-9-9” sequence with 21 credits in one of the following areas of study: history, history/political science, psychology, or sociology. The remaining 18 credits must be distributed equally in two of the other three areas of study. History or history/political science may be chosen but not both. A minimum of 12 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level. In the case of a concentration in history/political science, a minimum of 9 credits should be taken in both history and political science. There is no minor in social sciences.

Students majoring in social sciences are required to maintain a cumulative average of C or better for the major.


Social sciences majors who are pursuing childhood education certification must concentrate in history or history/political science. The following psychology courses required for teacher certification may not be used to fulfill their social science requirements in the major or general education: