Social Science

BA - Program Requirements

Allison Egnew Smith, Ph.D., Dean, School of Arts & Humanities

W.W. Slider Humanities Center, Room 305

(270) 384-8158       

Elizabeth Tapscott, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

W.W. Slider Humanities Building, Room 309

(270) 384-8187       


Full-time program faculty: Trudy Dawkins Morlino, Ph.D.; Matthew Powers, Ph.D.; Lucas Somers, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Tapscott, Ph.D.; Caleb Wittum, Ph.D.


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: 39-54 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: 0-15 hours

  • College Algebra (MATH 1013)  or  a minimum ACT mathematics subscore of 26 or equivalent is a prerequisite for ECON 2033 and ECON 2043 – 3 hours
  • U.S. History: 1492 to 1865 (HIST 1033) is a prerequisite for HIST 3033, HIST 3053, HIST 3063, HIST 3073, HIST 3093, and HIST 3153 – 3 hours
  • U.S. History: 1865 to Present (HIST 1043) is a prerequisite for HIST 3073, HIST 3093, and HIST 3163 – 3 hours
  • World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 (HIST 2233) is a prerequisite for HIST 3433, HIST 4003, and HIST 4353 – 3 hours
  • World Civilization II: 1500 to Present (HIST 2243) is a prerequisite for HIST 3273, HIST 3303, HIST 3323, HIST 3433, HIST 4003, and HIST 4353 – 3 hours

B.         Core Requirements: 30 hours

  • Two 3000-4000 level courses in U.S. history – 6 hours
  • Two 3000-4000 level courses in non-U.S. 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 are required to take History Seminar (HIST 4903).


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 program. The program requires 42 hours of coursework in education that includes a semester of student teaching. Interested students should contact the director of education for education program advising.