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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE (120 credits)

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program may elect to major in the social sciences. This program requires the completion of a 12-credit social science base and a 20-credit concentration in one of the social science disciplines: history, political science, sociology, psychology or economics.

The Social Science program is recommended for students interested in pursuing careers in government, law or public administration or graduate study in the social sciences. It is also designed for those students who wish to learn more concerning principles underlying social interactions and relationships. The Bachelor of Arts degree required the completion of 120 credits.

 

Core Requirements (40 credits):

GLL110/111 Introduction to College Writing 4
GLL121 College Writing I 4
GLL122 College Writing II 4
GLL Literature (2 courses) 6
GHS/GPL American Studies (2 courses) 6
Ethnic or Judaic Studies 3
GSM 130 College Mathematics * 3
GSS/GSM Science or Math 3
GCO 101, 103 or 120 Introductory Computer Science Course** 4
GCA Speech** 3
GCO 101, 103 or 120 Introductory Computer Science Course 4
GCA Speech** 3

Note: A related one-credit "topics" or workshop course may be offered with the above courses.

 

*If a student is exempt from College Math, he or she is required to take another math course.

**Only the following courses meet the Speech requirement: GCA 100, 101, 126, 127 and 215.

 

Social Science Base (12 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in three social science areas other than the concentration. Courses must be numbered at the 200 level or above. Prerequisites, if any, must be taken as Liberal Arts electives.

Concentration (20 credits)

Students must take courses numbered 200 and above in one social science discipline: economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.

General Electives (48 credits must be in Liberal Arts)

(Students choosing economics as their concentration should consult their advisors regarding additional liberal arts credits.)

 

 

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES (60 CREDITS)

 

Core Requirements (27-28 credits):

 

GLL110/111 Introduction to College Writing 4
GLL121 College Writing I 4
GLL122 College Writing II 4
GLL Literature 3
GHS/GPL American Studies 3
(various) Ethnic or Judaic Studies 3
GSM/GSS Math or Science 3
GCA or GCO Speech* or Introductory Computer Science course** 3-4

* Only the following courses meet the Speech requirement: GCA 100, 101, 126, 127 and 215.

** Only the following courses meet the Computer Science requirement: GCO 101, 103 or 120.

 

With the guidance of an advisor, students may select the courses for a cluster that satisfies their academic interests. For example, those interested in American studies might organize a program of courses in American history, American government, American literature and American arts. Students interested in the Arts and Culture might build a study plan with classes in the communications, history, music, visual arts, performing arts and literature. Others interested in the social science might select their courses from the economics, political science, sociology and psychology departments.

 

Students interested in early childhood education or planning to enroll in the Education Concentration Program should take the following education courses as part of their elective requirements:

GED 201 Psychosocial Foundations of Growth, Development, and Learning 3
GED 209 Foundations of Parenting 3
GED 311 Principals of Early Childhood Education 3
GED 312 Methodology of Early Childhood Education 3
GCO 122 Computer Literacy and Information Retrieval+ 3

+This course fulfills the requirement for an introductory computer science course in the core above.



BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND SCIENCES (120 CREDITS)

Core Requirements (40 credits):

GLL110/111 Introduction to College Writing 4
GLL121 College Writing I 4
GLL122 College Writing II 4
GLL Literature (2 courses) 6
GHS/GPL American Studies (2 courses) 6
(various) Ethnic or Judaic Studies 3
GSM 130 College Mathematics * 3
GSS/GSM Science or Math 3
GCO 101, 103 or 120 Introductory Computer Science Course 4
GCA Speech** 3

Note: A related one-credit "topics" or workshop course may be offered with the above courses.

* If a student is exempt from College Math, he/she is required to take another math course.

** Only the following courses meet the Speech requirements: GCA 100, 101, 126, 127 and 215.

 

Major Requirements

Students may design, in consultation with a faculty advisor, a unique program of study integrating two or more related disciplines. The disciplines forming the major should have academic and intellectual cohesion.

This program requires the completion of 120 credits and leads to a Bachelor of Arts (requires 90 Liberal Arts credits) or Bachelor of Science (requires 60 Liberal Arts credits) degree.

This major is recommended for students who wish to obtain a broad background in such areas as history, political science, human services, ethnic studies or applied science and who wish flexibility in fashioning their academic program. The major should typically combine a breadth of knowledge in a broad subject area with a depth of knowledge in two specific aspects of the area. Students receiving such degrees may be prepared for graduate school and/or for careers in education, health sciences, arts administration, law, and public affairs, among others.

With guidance from an advisor, a student may design an individual major which meets his or her academic objectives. The coursework for this major must involve two subject areas with no less than 16 credits in each of the two areas. Examples of subject areas include the following:

  • American studies, including courses in history and political science;
  • The humanities, with courses in literature and history;
  • Interdisciplinary sciences, with courses in biology and chemistry;
  • Psychology and Human Services or Sociology and Human Services;
  • Child development, with related courses in education and psychology;
  • Economics and business, with related courses drawn from those departments.

 

Included in these must be at least two 300-level courses and one 400-level course. The major must consist of a least 32 credits of advanced courses (200-level or above) with no less than 16 credits in each of two subject areas. In addition to the 32 credits, there are typically several introductory prerequisite courses (100-level) in the relevant disciplines that are both required and that satisfy prerequisites for the advanced courses.



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