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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Liberal Arts

Integrated Social Sciences

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (ISOSC): offered via World Campus

Paul C. Taylor, Professor in Charge

The social sciences are concerned with the study of society and the relations among individuals and institutions within society. The multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Integrated Social Sciences synthesizes the broad sweep of the content, theories, and methodologies of the social sciences. The program draws on core social science disciplines: Anthropology, Communication Arts and Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. A final capstone portfolio will document integration and synthesis of major themes explored in the program.

Upon completing the program of study, students should be able to articulate the varied theoretical and applied methodologies and interrelationships across the social sciences; communicate effectively using the language and constructs of the social sciences; apply critical thinking in analyzing and applying social science perspectives to society’s problems; demonstrate the ability to understand, evaluate, and critique the results of social science quantitative and qualitative research; formulate, debate, and articulate arguments about social phenomena; and recognize and solve ethical dilemmas in social contexts.

For the B.S. degree in Integrated Social Sciences, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.1, "Per University Faculty Senate Policy 83-80.1, every candidate for a degree shall earn as a degree candidate at least 36 of the last 60 credits required for a baccalaureate degree in courses offered by the University or in cooperative degree programs that have been established by formal agreement and approved by the University Faculty Senate."

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in the ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selections)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 20-42 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 51-55 credits [1]
(This includes 0-18 credits of General Education courses: 0-6 credits of GQ courses; 0-6 credits of GS courses, and 0-6 credits of GH courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
LA 201(3) (Sem: 5-6)
LA 496(3) (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES
(15-19 credits)
In consultation with your adviser, select 6-8 credits in quantification from MATH, CMPSC, IST, PHIL, ACCT, or STAT (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3-4 credits in statistics from the following courses: STAT 200 GQ(4); PSYCH 200 GQ(4); or PLSC 309(3) (Sem: 2-3)
Select 3 credits in ethics from the following courses: PHIL 103 GH(3); PHIL 103W GH(3); PHIL 119 GH(3); or LER 460(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3-4 credits in research methods from the following courses: SOC 207(3); PSYCH 301(4); CAS 390 GS(3); or LER 312(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (30 credits)
In consultation with your adviser, select 30 credits from social science courses in the following areas: ANTH, CAS, ECON, PLSC, PSYCH, or SOC; or LA 295, LA 395, or LA 495. Students must select at least 15 credits at the 400 level; 9 credits of the 400-level courses must be in one discipline and 6 credits must be in a second discipline. (Sem:5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-06-099

Review Date: 04/14/2015

 

 

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