College of General Studies

Social Sciences (BA)

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A degree in social sciences gives you a strong academic foundation and skills that employers find attractive, including oral and written communication, critical thinking, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.

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Social sciences is a liberal arts major with a focus on courses from three social sciences departments. This major can be customized to meet your interests and personal or career goals. You will choose to concentrate in three areas from the list below and have the opportunity to take a variety of courses within those areas of study.

Social Sciences: Standard Major

A minimum total of 120 credits (approximately 40 courses) is required for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in social sciences. Of this total, students must take a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses) according to the specifications. The remaining credits required for the degree are outlined on the Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree information sheet. Choose a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses) from any three departments/programs below. All courses taken must be social sciences related.

  • Africana Studies (social sciences-related courses)
  • Anthropology (social sciences-related courses)
  • Economics
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (social sciences-related courses)
  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (social sciences-related courses)
  • Religious Studies (social sciences-related courses)
  • Sociology

Please note:

  • At least five courses must be taken from one department, and at least three courses should be taken from each of the two other departments.
  • At least half of the major must be upper-division (1000-level) courses.
  • All courses selected for the social sciences major must be approved by an academic advisor. 

Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

An internship program is available through the College of GeneralStudies. Please see your advisor for additional information.

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