The CGS Social Sciences BA major is being phased out, with no new students being accepted after September 4, 2020.

Students already admitted to CGS who are undeclared or declared in other CGS majors will not be allowed to declare or change their major to Social Sciences after September 4, 2020

Students already in the Social Sciences major will be able to complete their major as planned. Current Social Sciences students should contact their advisor for further information. Current students will have until December 2028 to complete their degrees.

New students interested in interdisciplinary studies are invited to explore our other majors in the following career areas:

Media & Professional Communications | Health Professions | Public Service | Justice & Legal Studies

Social Sciences (BA)

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.

Top 10 Jobs for Social Science Majors:

  • Management Consultant
  • Operations Director
  • General/Operations Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial/Securities/Investments Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Executive Director, Nonprofit Organization
  • Business Analyst (unspecified type)
  • Account Manager
  • Land Surveyor

Source: PayScale.com

Our Social Sciences degree progtam 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. Also available is a pre-education option for those preparing for a teaching career.

Requirements

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 choose a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses) from any three departments/programs below. All courses taken must be social sciences related. See our General Education program page for the remaining degree requirements.

Social Sciences Standard Track

Social Sciences is a liberal arts major with a focus on courses from three social sciences departments. The Standard track 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.

Pre-Education Option

The College of General Studies and the Pitt School of Education have collaborated on a concentration in the social sciences major that incorporates the prerequisite science course work needed for admission into the certificate program in social studies education. This option may be used by students interested in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offered in the School of Education. Completion of the prerequisites for the School of Education does not guarantee acceptance to its programs.

Course Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints. When considering what subjects to study in the Social Sciences, click here to view what courses are available online and visit CGS Courses to learn more about our flexible offerings and how to search for classes in the course catalog.

Prerequisites and Courses

Standard Track

Choose a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses) from any three departments/programs below. 

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. 

Pre-Education Track

Students pursuing the social studies pre-education track take a wide variety of courses in history, political science, economics, and other subjects, in addition to a required foundations course in special education, for a total of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses).

Please note:

  • All courses selected for the social studies pre-education track must be approved by an academic advisor.
  • At least half of these courses must be upper-division (1000-level) courses.
  • Students are also encouraged to participate in an internship during their degree program and may fulfill some CGS general education and major requirements by completing a study abroad program. 
  • Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with an (#). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.

Social Studies Pre-Education Curriculum

Area 1. History, Geography, Culture: (15-18 Credits)

Recommended Courses (choose one per category)

U.S. History

Catalog Number Title Credits
HIST 0600 United States to 1877 3
HIST 0601 United States 1865 to Present 3
HIST 0670 Afro-American History 1 3
HIST 0671 Afro-American History 2 3
HIST 1610 United States Colonial (#) 3
HIST 1611 American Revolution 3
HIST 1619 United States since 1945 3

Western European History

Catalog Number  Title Credits
HIST 0100 Western Civilization 3
HIST 0101 Western Civilization 2 3

World History (Non-western)        

Catalog Number Title Credits
HIST 0700  World History 3

 Ancient History        

Catalog Number Title Credits
CLASS 0020 Roman Civilization 3
HIST 0400 East Asian Civilization to 1800 3
HIST 1775 Origins of Christianity 3
HIST 1781 Roman History 3
HIST 1783 Greek History 3

 Geography        

Catalog Number Title Credits
AFRCNA 0385 Caribbean History 3
HIST 0401 Modern East Asian Civilization 3
HIST 0501 Modern Latin America 3
HIST 1164 Small Countries & the European Union 3

World Cultures        

Catalog Number Title Credits
HIST 1796 History of Africa since 1800 3
HIST 0501 Modern Latin America 3
ANTH 0780 Antro to Cultural Anthropology 3
HIST 1433 Modern Japan 3
HIST 1423 Modern China 3

Area 2. Civics: (3 Credits)

Recommended Courses

Catalog Number Title Credits
HIST 1641 Modern American Politics 3
PS 0200 American Politics 3
PS 1231  Political Parties & Elections 3
PS 1234 Electoral Behaviors & Democratic Process 3
PS 1252 State Government 3
PS 1378 Building Democracy Around the World 3

Area 3. Economics: (3 Credits)

Recommended Courses

Catalog Number Title Credits
ECON 0100 Intro to Microeconomic Theory (#) 3
ECON 0110 Intro to Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECON 0800 Intro to Economics (#) 3

Area 4. Sociology & Social Foundations: (3 Credits)

Recommended Courses

Catalog Number Title Credits
ADMPS 1001 Social Foundations of Education 3
SOC 0005  Societies 3
SOC 0010  Introduction to Sociology (#) 3
SOC 1107 Cultural Sociology 3

Area 5. Foundations of Special Education: (3 Credits)

Required Courses

Catalog Number Title Credits
IL 1580 Foundations of Special Education 3

Two 1000-Level Electives: (6 Credits)

Recommended Courses

Catalog Number Title Credits
PS 0500  World Politics 3
SOC 1119 Urban Perspectives in Popular Culture 3
SOC 1445  Society and Environment 3
SOC 1448  Working Women 3
GSWS 1180  Politics of Gender and Food 3
PS 1536  Human Security 3
PS 1542 Global Environmental Politics 3
LEGLST 1210 Law and Politics 3
LEGLST 1320 Law and Environment 3
LEGLST 1152 Legal Issues in Public Service 3

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