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Social Sciences, B.A.


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The Social Sciences major is a versatile degree that lends itself to success in a wide variety of careers in the fields of psychology, the criminal legal system, and social welfare, among others. Students will complete a core set of courses across the social sciences to establish skills in writing, research, and critical thinking. They will also select primary and secondary concentrations to dive deeper into specific areas of the social sciences, including psychology, criminal and legal studies, social welfare, and more. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for careers and/or graduate education in law, psychological services, politics, and other areas that support the community.

Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Knowledge Base

1.1   Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in and across the primary and secondary concentration

1.2   Explain the core content domains within the primary and secondary concentration

1.3   Describe applications of the primary and secondary concentration

Goal 2: Critical Thinking and Scientific Inquiry

2.1 Demonstrate information literacy

2.2 Apply innovative and integrative thinking to social scientific problems

2.3 Use scientific reasoning to interpret findings in the primary and secondary concentration

2.4 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

3.1 Employ ethical standards to evaluate science and practice in the primary and secondary concentration

3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships

3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

Goal 4: Communication

4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

4.3 Interact effectively with others

Goal 5: Professional Development

5.1 Apply course content and skills to career goals

5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation

5.3 Expand project-management skills

5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity

5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

Primary concentration - Psychology


PSY 321W Social Psychology   and fifteen (15) additional upper-division credits in Psychology

Primary concentration - Criminal and Legal Studies


Eighteen (18) credits of upper-division courses in Criminal Justice and Political Science

Secondary concentration - Psychology


Fifteen (15) credits of upper-division courses in Psychology

Secondary concentration - Criminal and Legal Studies


Fifteen (15) credits of upper-division courses in Criminal Justice and Political Science

Secondary concentration - Social Welfare


Fifteen (15) credits of upper-division courses in Social Work and Sociology

Secondary concentration - History


Fifteen (15) credits of upper-division courses in History. Students will need to be advised that this concentration will require face-to-face courses.

Secondary concentration - Individualized


Fifteen (15) credits of upper-division courses in a unified area as decided with advisor

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