Social Science

BA - Program Requirements

Greg A. Phelps, PhD, Chair, Division of Social Science & Interdisciplinary Studies

J. L. Turner Leadership Center, Room 207


David W. Moore, PhD, Program Coordinator
W.W. Slider Humanities Building, Room 307

Full-time program faculty:  Stefan M. Brooks, PhD; David Moore, PhD; Trudy Morlino, PhD; Mohammad Pourheydarian, PhD; Elizabeth Tapscott, PhD

Mission Statement

The Social Science program faculty is committed to a program which stresses academic excellence.  The Social Science program curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students concurrently enrolled in the secondary education certification program but is also open to any student seeking intellectual development in the social sciences.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Students should note that the major provides only 24 hours of the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.

Entrance Criteria

Each student must complete at least 45 hours of coursework with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and file a Declaration of Major form with the Registrar’s Office.  In addition, each student must have completed at least one introductory-level social science course required for the major.  

Program Requirements:  51-54 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisite and core requirements and must select program electives as indicated.

A.         Prerequisites:  12-15 hours

  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for ECON 2033 and ECON 2043 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • U.S. History: 1492 to 1865 (HIST 1033) is a prerequisite for HIST 3033, HIST 3053, HIST 3063, HIST 3073, and HIST 3093 – 3 hours
  • U.S. History: 1865 to Present (HIST 1043) is a prerequisite for HIST 3073 and HIST 3093 – 3 hours
  • World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 (HIST 2233) is a prerequisite for HIST 3433 – 3 hours
  • World Civilization II: 1500 to Present (HIST 2243) is a prerequisite for HIST 3273, HIST 3303, HIST 3323, and HIST 3433 – 3 hours

B.         Core Requirements:  30 hours

  • Two 3000-4000 level courses in American history – 6 hours
  • Two 3000-4000 level courses in non-American history – 6 hours
  • United States Government (POSC 1003) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Sociology (SOCI 1003) – 3 hours
  • Microeconomics (ECON 2033) – 3 hours
  • Macroeconomics (ECON 2043) – 3 hours
  • World Regional Geography (GEOG 1003) – 3 hours
  • History Seminar (HIST 4903) – 3 hours

C.         Program Electives:  9 hours

Students must take nine credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses from the Social Science area.

Exit Assessment

Students who apply for graduation with a bachelor’s degree in social science must schedule an exit interview with the Social Science program coordinator.  Exit interviews must be scheduled by midterm of the final semester of work.  Prior to the exit interview, each student will prepare written responses to questions drawn from the Social Science program Student Learning Outcomes.  The program coordinator must indicate to the Registrar’s Office that the student has achieved the Social Science program Student Learning Outcomes for graduation approval.

Secondary Education 8-12 Certification

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Science also have the option to concurrently complete the Secondary Education 8-12 program through the Education division.  The program requires 42 hours of coursework in Education that includes a semester of student teaching.  Interested students should contact Dr. Geralda Nelson, Secondary Education Coordinator, for Education program advising.