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2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog

Social Sciences, B.A.


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Office:

SBSB 2244

Telephone:

(760) 750-4178

Director:

Jill Weigt, Ph.D.

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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.  It is also a strong preparation for graduate or professional school.

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.

Program 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 (48 Units)


General Education Requirements  

Language Proficiency (0-9 Units)


All Social Sciences majors must meet a second-language proficiency requirement. This is satisfied with a 200-level class or demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English. For details on how to satisfy this requirement, please refer to Language Proficiency Requirement  .

Breadth Requirement (3 Units)


Additional course in Upper Division Social Sciences (DD designated) outside the major. This requirement can also count as the DD requirement in Upper Division General Education, but it must be taken in a Social Science or Interdisciplinary program other than the Social Sciences major (courses with the SSCI prefix cannot be used to meet the breadth requirement). Any course carrying the DD designation outside of Social Sciences can be used to fulfill this requirement. If students choose to satisfy their UDGE DD with a course outside the major, the breadth requirement will become 3 free elective units.  

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 eight 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 field 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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


A Primary Field in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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, 400-429, or LTWR 337)
  • Comparative Politics (PSCI courses numbered 330-349, or 430-449)
  • International Politics (PSCI courses numbered 351-369, 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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


A Secondary Field in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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 courses taken in an Individualized Secondary Field must form a coherent unit focused on a theme, topic, or issue. Courses must be taken at the upper-division level from at least three (3) different social science disciplines. Only one course (1) selected for the Individualized Field may be from the same discipline as the Primary or other Secondary Field. Courses used for the Individualized Field may not also double-count in the Primary Field, other Secondary Field or upper-division general education requirement (DD). All courses must be approved 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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