May 27, 2018  
2016-2018 Catalog 
  
2016-2018 Catalog

Social Sciences, B.A.


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Program of Study


The Social Sciences Major is a multidisciplinary program that aims to provide students with a broad understanding and appreciation of the social sciences. By following a major in which a number of social sciences disciplines are studied, students will learn the varied approaches and methodologies of these fields, as well as the interrelatedness of the social sciences disciplines.

In the major, the student chooses one Primary Field and two Secondary Fields. The Primary Field is chosen from seven disciplines: border studies, communication, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies. Secondary Fields are chosen from these seven disciplines and other fields in the social sciences. Students interested in the Social Sciences major are encouraged to discuss their education and career objectives with the Program Director.

Career Opportunities


The Social Sciences Major is appropriate for students with career interests in human services and social work, education, counseling, business, law, and government.

Social Sciences Mission Statement


The mission of the Social Sciences B.A. degree program is to prepare students to be informed citizens who use multidisciplinary understandings of concepts, theories, and methods from the social sciences to respond to a range of human experiences, events, and real-world social problems. The major prepares students for employment in varied fields and professions that include human services and social work, education, counseling, business, and government as well as the pursuit of advanced degrees in social science disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes


Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical emergence, questions asked, and distinctive contributions of the social science disciplines to the analysis of human behavior and social issues.
  2. Locate, analyze, assess, and communicate social science scholarship.
  3. Assess and utilize concepts and theories from two social science disciplines to explore the varieties of social experience encountered by those of different nations, classes, races, genders, or sexual orientations.
  4. Compare, contrast, and apply research strategies from two social science disciplines to the analysis of human experience, a social issue, or to the solution of a real-world problem.
  5. Articulate the ethical implications of social science inquiry.

Special Conditions for the Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Social Sciences


All courses counted toward the major and the minor, including Preparation for the Major courses, must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

General Education (51 Units)


General Education Requirements 

Preparation for the Major (3 Units)


Choose one course from:

Requirements for the Major (48-52 Units)


Eighteen to Twenty-Two (18-22) Units in One Primary Field (18-22 Units)


Several lower-division courses in the different primary and secondary fields also fulfill General Education  requirements.

Twelve (12) Units in Each of Two Secondary Fields (24 Units)


(All but one course must be different from the primary field)

Several lower-division courses in the different primary and secondary fields also fulfill General Education  requirements.

Upper-Division Social Sciences Requirements (6 Units)


Total (48-52 Units)


There are seven options for disciplinary Primary Fields: border studies, communication, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or women’s studies. There are seven options for Secondary Fields: border studies, communication, history, political science, psychology, sociology, women’s studies and an Individualized Secondary Field.

Total (6 Units)


Primary Field Requirements (18-22 Units)


Students must complete all the requirements for ONE Primary Field.

Border Studies


A Primary Field in Border Studies shall be distributed as follows:

Communication


A Primary Field in Communication shall be distributed as follows:

History


A Primary Field in History shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


Choose one course from the following:

Upper-Division Requirements (15 Units)


Elective Requirements (12 Units)


Choose one course from each of the following areas:

Total (18 Units)


Political Science


A Primary Field in Political Science shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


Chose One Course from the Following (3 Units):


Elective Requirements (6 Units)


Choose one course from each of the following areas:

Total (18 Units)


Psychology


A Primary Field in Psychology shall be distributed as follows:

Sociology


A Primary Field in Sociology shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (4 Units)


Students choosing Sociology as their Primary filed will take SOC 101  to satisfy their lower-division social sciences General Education  requirement.

Elective Requirements (10 Units)


Choose at least one course from each of the following areas:

Total (22 Units)


Women's Studies


A Primary Field in Women’s Studies shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


Upper-Division Requirements (3 Units)


Elective Requirements (12 Units)


At least one course from each of the following areas:

Total (18 Units)


Social Sciences Program Secondary Fields


A course taken in one of the Secondary Fields may be double counted toward the Upper-Division General Education requirement in the Social Sciences (DD). Major courses may NOT count toward both the Primary Field and Upper-Division General Education requirements.

Border Studies


A Secondary Field in Border Studies shall be distributed as follows:

Communication


A Secondary Field in Communication shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division (3 Units)


Elective Requirements (9 Units)


  • Any 300- or 400-level COMM courses Units: 9

Total (12 Units)


History


A Secondary Field in History shall be distributed as follows:

One three-unit course listed below must include a course in the study of the history of women, gender, or U.S. ethnic/minority studies.

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


  • One lower-division history course Units: 3

Upper-Division Elective Requirements (9 Units)


  • One 300- or 400-level World Area #1 HIST course Units: 3
  • One 300- or 400-level World Area #2 HIST course Units: 3
  • One 300- or 400-level HIST course Units: 3

Total (12 Units)


Political Science


A Secondary Field in Political Science shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


  • One lower-division PSCI course Units: 3

Upper-Division Elective Requirements (9 Units)


Three 300- or 400-level PSCI courses from two of the following fields:

  • U.S. Government & Politics (PSCI courses numbered 300-329, 390F, PSCI 391 , 400-429, or LTWR 337)
  • Comparative Politics (PSCI courses numbered 330-349, PSCI 392 , or 430-449)
  • International Politics (PSCI courses numbered 351-369, PSCI 396 , or 450-469)
  • Political Theory (PSCI course numbered 370-389 or 470-489)

Total (12 Units)


Psychology


A Secondary Field in Psychology shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


Upper-Division Requirements (3 Units)


One course chosen from the following:

Elective Requirements (6 Units)


  • Any 300- or 400-level PSYC courses

Total (12 Units)


Sociology


A Secondary Field in Sociology shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3-4 Units)


Upper-Division Requirements (4 Units)


Elective Requirements (4-5 Units)


  • Any 300- or 400-level SOC courses Units: 4

Total (12 Units)


Women's Studies


A Secondary Field in Women’s Studies shall be distributed as follows:

Lower-Division Requirements (3 Units)


Elective Requirements (9 Units)


One course from each of the following areas:

Total (12 Units)


Individualized Secondary Field


The Individualized Secondary Field allows for a customized exploration of the theoretical and methodological approaches as well as substantive issues, topics, and themes from several social science disciplines. The courses taken in an Individualized Secondary Field must be from a coherent unit focused on a theme, topic, or issue.

Individualized Secondary Field courses must be taken at the upper-division level from at least three different social science disciplines. Not more than one course selected for the Individualized Field may be from the same discipline as the Primary or other Secondary Field.

A course may not be counted as fulfilling requirements in both the Individualized Secondary Field and the Primary Field or other Secondary Field disciplines. Courses meeting General Education social science (DD) requirements may be selected, but courses selected for this Secondary Field may not be counted toward both the major and General Education requirements.

The courses must be taken from at least three different disciplines. Courses selected for the Individualized Secondary field may not be from the same disciplines as those used in the Primary and other secondary field.

Courses taken for the Individualized Secondary Field must be approved through submission of Alternative Course Approval forms by the Social Sciences Program Director.

Total (12 Units)


Minimum Total (120 Units)


Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120

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