Drawing from all of the social science disciplines—which study the social life of human beings—this program will prepare you for professional degrees, such as law, as well as for a career in such fields as government or social service.
You will use academic inquiry to develop a broad baseline of knowledge of how human societies function.
First, you will complete the general studies requirement, followed by the social sciences core and at least one social sciences concentration. You may choose to specialize in one of the following areas: History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology.
You must complete the Social Sciences core (36 hours of Social Sciences + 18 hours of restricted electives). Additionally, 6 hours of foreign language credits are required.
Rather than selecting a major or minor degree, you will choose a specific area of study called a concentration. You may choose from one of the following four concentrations: History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology.
An introductory analysis of macroeconomics concepts and issues, emphasizing aggregate demand, supply, and fiscal and monetary policies. Analysis of macroeconomic problems related to the American economy. Fall.
Analysis of consumption and production behavior of household and business organizations. Topics include price and resource allocation and the behavior of firms under different types of market structure. Spring.
A study of civilization from prehistoric man to the Age of Absolutism with emphasis on the development of world culture. Fall.
Basic programming; sets, basic probability concepts; basic statistical concepts; random variables and distributions; sampling distributions; linear regression and correlation. No field credit for math majors/minors. PR: MATH 101 or higher. Fall.
An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.
Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution, governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes. Fall, Spring.
Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.
Assists students to understand and apply basic quantitative and qualitative methods used to conduct social research. Students are introduced to a variety of research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques. PR: MATH 210 or 301 and either PSYC 103 or SOCI 210. Spring.
A study of the fundamental principles of social stratification with emphasis on the American class system. Attention given to the universality of social class and the persistence of social inequality in the United States. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.
The capstone course for social science majors assesses competence in social science core courses and in the area of specialization through a variety of assignments such as book critique, research paper and content exam. PR: Social science major and senior standing.
In addition to the coursework below, you must complete the following:
12 hours of Restricted Electives from the following courses: HIST 290, 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 307, 308, 400, 401, 403, 405, 406, 408, 490, 495.
9 hours of restricted electives from two of the following concentration areas: Political Science, Psychology or Sociology (18 hours, total)
POSC 218, 290, 300, 312, 325, 350, 401, 404, 405, 490, 494, 498
PSYC 210, 290, 300, 312, 328, 329, 385, 401, 402, 403, 460, 490, 495
SOCI 290, 320, 323, 324, 330, 332, 410, 490, 495
Use HIST 497 to fulfill the Research Methods requirement.
A study of world civilization from the Age of Absolutism to the present with emphasis on the development of global culture. Spring.
Study of the European background, colonial beginnings, the historical, economic, social and political growth of America prior to 1865. Fall.
Study of the historical, political, social, economic and cultural aspects of American
civilization since 1865. Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take:
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Physical or Biological Science II course and a lab.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Foreign Language I class.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an elective course and a Foreign Language II course.
In addition to the course listed below, you must take:
*You may choose from
**You may choose from HIST 290, 300, 301, 302, 308, 400, 401, 405, 406, 490, or 495.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must take:
A practical seminar in the techniques of historical research, the compilation and evaluation of sources and the writing of history. PR: 6 credits in history. Spring.
In this semester, it is suggested that you take:
In addition to these courses, you must complete the following:
12 hours of restricted electives from Political Science courses: POSC 312, 325, 350, 401, 404, 405, 490, 495, 498.
9 hours of restricted electives from 2 of the following concentration areas: History, Psychology or Sociology (18 hours, total):
HIST 102, 105, 106, 290, 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 307, 308, 400, 401, 403, 405, 406, 408, 490, 495
SOCI 290, 303, 310, 320, 323, 324, 332, 376, 410, 490, 495
Choose from either HIST 497, PSYC 480 or SOCI 300 to fulfill the Research Methods requirement.
A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations and the structure and political process of state and local governments. Spring.
A survey of ancient, medieval, modern and post-modern political thought. Special attention given to contemporary political ideologies, including fundamentalism, feminism, environmentalism, communitarianism and multiculturalism. PR: POSC 200, POSC 210 or ENGL 201. Fall.
Study of major concepts and approaches in world politics and analysis of process, institutions, problems of war and peace and contemporary trends. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.
**You may choose from POSC 312, 325, 350, 401, 404, 405, 490, 495, 498.
In addition to the course listed below, it is suggested that you take:
In addition to the coursework below, you must complete the following:
9 hours of restricted electives (PSYC 300, 312, 328, 329, 385, 402, 460, 490, 495)
Choose 9 hours of restricted electives from 2 of the following concentration areas: History, Political Science, or Sociology (18 hours, total)
Use PSYC 480 to fulfill the Research Methods requirement.
The lifespan covering the prenatal, early childhood, adolescent and adult stages. PR: PSYC 103. Fall, Spring.
The application of psychological theories to understanding physical and mental illnesses, health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness. Introduces the key concepts and methodologies important to health psychology and the skills to think analytically and critically about health issues. PR: PSYC103 and PSYC 210. Spring.
An introduction to the theories of the development, description, dynamics and determinants of personality with the emphasis on the organization and functioning of personality both adaptive and maladaptive. PR: PSYC 103, PSYC 210 and 3 additional hours of psychology credits. Fall.
Based on the information-processing model, cognitive psychology investigates the functions of mind such as learning and memory, perception, knowledge organization, language acquisition, categorization and dysfunction, problem solving and expertise, intelligence, social cognition, animal intelligence/cognition and the problems of defining and investigating consciousness. PR: PSYC 103, PSYC 210 and 3 additional hours of psychology credits. Fall.
Designed to introduce the principles that underlie the development, use and interpretation of psychological assessment tools. Topics include test construction, scaling, norming, assessment interpretation issues and psychological assessment applications in industrial, vocational, clinical and research settings. Additionally, psychological assessment will be discussed in terms of social, legal and ethical concerns. PR: PSYC103, MATH 210 or MATH 301 or BUSN 310 and 6 additional hours of psychology. Spring.
**You may choose from PSYC 300, 312, 328, 329, 385, 402, 460, 490, 495.
In addition to the course listed below, you must take:
As a “hands on” course, this course covers all of the basic concepts and practices needed to ask answerable research questions and design a study with faculty guidance. Principles are applied by developing a research design in a small group and technically writing the proposal. Classroom mini experiments promote learning of design, data collection and organization while directly experiencing the role of the researcher. Qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs are studied, but the primary emphasis is on quantitative research. Ethics issues are covered and students are required to complete a National Institutes of Health training course in “Protecting Human Research Participants.” The APA writing style will be taught and the outcome is demonstrated in the final research proposal. PR: PSYC 103; PSYC 403; MATH 210 or MATH 301; or BUSN 301, and permission of the instructor. Spring.
12 hours of restricted electives (SOCI 290, 320, 323, 332, 410, 490, 495)
Choose 9 hours of restricted electives from 2 of the following concentration areas: History, Political Science or Psychology (18 hours, total)
Introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives used in sociological inquiry and their applications to contemporary social analysis. Includes historical background of significant theorists and their theories from the nineteenth century through the present. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.
Deals with the psychological factors inherent in marriage and family relations. Includes such premarital factors as dating, courtship and selection of a mate. Relates to the integration of personalities in the marital union and training of the progeny. PR: SOCI 210. Spring.
**You may choose from SOCI 290, 320, 323, 332, 410, 490, or 495.
In addition to the course listed below, you should take: