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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Social Sciences BA

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The Social Science BA provides students with understanding of all the Social Sciences, which includes (among others) History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Anthropology and Geography. Social Sciences help students to understand their place in the world and to connect their personal experience to history and the society they live in. Social Scientists work in a number of areas ranging from Government to Social Services. In addition, a degree in Social Sciences can provide preparation for students to pursue more specialized training in Law or specific Social Sciences at the graduate level.

A graduate in Social Science should be able to:

  • Explain the similarity and differences in the different Social Sciences
  • Apply a range of Social Science methods to understand past and present events
  • Participate effectively as an informed citizen in public debates and discussions

Degree Requirements

General Education Program 40 Hours

Social science majors cannot double-count courses that satisfy both their major and GEP requirements. Social science majors must take SOSC 1110 to fulfill the GEP social science requirement. Further information is in the General Education Program  or can be obtained from the dean’s office.

First Year Experience: University Foundations 1 Hour
Social Science Core Courses 21 Hours
Upper Division Social Science Electives (3000-4000 level) 36 Hours
Psychology Capstone 3 Hours
University Electives 19 Hours
Total Hours Required 120 Hours


Special Notes

  • Social science majors must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each required social science course (both in the Core and Upper Division categories) in order to graduate.
  • All students seeking a Bachelor Degree at Shawnee State University MUST complete a minimum of two (2) Writing Intensive (WI) courses (denoted as “WI” in the course descriptions).  These courses may be completed within the General Education Program, the Major, or Electives.  It is strongly recommended that students choose WI courses from their chosen majors.

First Year Experience: University Foundations

Complete the following course:

Social Science Core Courses (21 Hours)

Unless otherwise noted all courses listed below are each 3 semester credit hours.

Upper Division Social Science Electives (36 Hours)

Choose 36 hours Upper Level courses from the following areas:

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Political Science (POLS)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Geography (GEOG)
  • Sociology (SOCI)
  • History (HIST)
  • Social Science (SOSC)

Choose a total of 12 Social Science courses (36 hours) at the 3000 lever or above. You may choose from any combination of disciplines that you wish.  The one restriction is that you cannot count more than 9 hrs from any specific discipline as contributing to this requirement (single courses from a single discipline, beyond 9 hours, are counted as Electives.

Note: If you take ECON 2201 for your core requirement you can take ECON 2202 and count it as an upper level Econ course.  If you take Econ 2202 for your core requirement you can count Econ 2201 as an upper level Economics course.

Social Sciences Capstone

Complete the following course:

University Electives (19 Hours)

Complete additional coursework such that at least 120 semester hours are completed.  You may select from the broad spectrum of university courses.  It is recommended, however, that you choose from among courses in the social sciences, business, and the humanities.  It is also recommended that students consider a minor in any of the disciplines in the social sciences.

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