The Department of Social Sciences includes faculty in the disciplines of Economics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology, whose teaching and research interests span a wide range of economic, social, cultural, and historical topics and global perspectives. Students from all programs will begin their study of these disciplines through the core curriculum. Through these classes students will develop skills in critical thinking, logical reasoning, reading, writing, and oral communication as they learn the foundational knowledge in each of these disciplines. Following completion of the core, we welcome students into our advanced courses, which are designed to appeal to students from a variety majors, including those in other Liberal Arts fields, as well as in Business, Education, Social Work, and Health Professions. Recent course offerings have focused on the History of Global Epidemics, Crime and Social Justice, International Finance, Body/Dress/Culture, and the Sociology of Sport.
The department offers a B.A. in Social Science and minors in Economics, History, Sociology-Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and Asian Studies. The B.A. in Social Science provides an opportunity for students to pursue a creative, interdisciplinary program, in which they study topics from several disciplinary perspectives while also allowing for concentration in their choice of a primary field of Economics, History, Sociology, or Anthropology. This newly restructured degree program includes a capstone course in the student’s final year. Students are encouraged to customize their program by adding internships, honors and independent study courses as well as Study Abroad. Outstanding students are also encouraged to develop their own research projects under the supervision of faculty mentors. Come build your major with us!
Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.
Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
First Year Seminar
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC)
Science and Mathematics
Laboratory Science (BIO, CHM, PHY)
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Oral Communications: Speech
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE)
After completing the core courses in Economics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology, students will take 24 credits of advanced courses (numbered 100 or above) in those disciplines and a 3 credit interdisciplinary capstone course.
All Social Science majors are also required to take an additional 6 credits (numbered 100 or above) in Political Science or Psychology.
Primary Concentration (12 credits in ECO, HIS, SOC, or ANT, numbered 100 or higher)
Two Secondary Concentrations (6 credits each in a second and third discipline ECO, HIS, SOC, or ANT, numbered 100 or higher)
Capstone (SSC 223 or 224)
Additional Electives (6 credits in Political Science or Psychology, numbered 100 or higher)
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