Social Science

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

The social science major offers students an opportunity to focus their studies primarily in psychology, sociology, history, and related social science fields. Optional tracks are available in health and human services management, human services and psychology.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Social Science program will be able to:

  • Evaluate fundamental social science concepts;
  • Examine the implications of social and cultural diversity in social interactions;
  • Acquire and use a foundation of research skills from the social sciences, including history, psychology, and sociology;
  • Examine the relationship of service to social science; and
  • ntegrate knowledge from the social sciences, including history, psychology, and sociology.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 48 credits
  • Electives: 23 credits

Major Course Requirements (48 credits):

9 credits in history, including 6 or more credits at the 300-level or higher
9-12 credits in psychology, including 6 or more at the 300-level or higher
9 credits in sociology, including 6 or more at the 300-level or higher
3 credits in political science
LIB 307 Social Science Seminar (3 credits)

Choose three courses (6 credits) in multidisciplinary social science from the following:
HCA 305 The US Health Care System (3 credits)
LIB 309 Interdisciplinary Topics in the Liberal Arts (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 332 Science & Culture (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 323 Revolution & Terrorism in the Modern World (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 325 The Civil War in American Culture (INTD) (3 credits)

Choose one or two courses (3-6 credits) in cross-cultural perspectives from the following:
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
HIS 103 World Civilizations I (3 credits)
HIS 104 World Civilizations II (3 credits)
LIB 316 Literature in Historical Context (3 credits)
LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD) (3 credits)
SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits)
SOC 315 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)

Choose one course (3 credits) from the following:
MAT 332 Applied Statistics (3 credits)
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 326 Research Methods (3 credits)
PSY 335 Tests & Measurements (3 credits)

The social science major also requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credits at the 300-level or higher.

Education Track (47 credits)

The education track allows students to seek education endorsements in the state of Iowa. Secondary education students pursuing endorsements in American Government, American History, World History, Psychology, and Sociology will also meet the major requirements for the Social Science degree. Endorsement courses may also be used to meet Major and General Education requirements.

Education Requirements (47 credits):
EDU 200 Introduction to Education & Field Experience (1 credit)
EDU 215 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 250 Foundations of American Education (2 credits)
EDU 270 Principles of Education & Field Experience II (2 credits)
EDU 310 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (2 credits)
EDU 330 General Methods of Secondary Education (3 credits)
EDU 331 Practicum: Secondary Education (1 credit)
EDU 348 Secondary Education Social Science Specific Methods (3 credits)
EDU 349 Practicum: Secondary Social Science (1 credit)
EDU 370 Human Relations Skills for Educators (1 credit)
EDU 487 Student Teaching Social Science in the Secondary School (7 credits)
EDU 488 Student Teaching Social Science in the Secondary School (8 credits)
EDU 458 Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)
ERE 312 Reading in Secondary Education Content Areas (3 credits)
PSY 104 Child & Adolescent Development (3 credits)
PSY/ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
ESE 325 Behavior Management in the Classroom (3 credits)

Political Science Option
Students may apply up to six hours of upper-level POL courses in areas of the major that require more than one course (i.e., the History, Psychology, Sociology, Multidisciplinary, and Cross-Cultural requirements), provided no more than three hours are applied to any one area. This option may not be applied to course-specific requirements in the tracks offered within the degree.

Health and Human Services Management Track (57 credits)

The Health and Human Services Management track provides an interdisciplinary course of study for students in the social science major. This track provides the educational credentials to fill "front-line" management roles entailing the direct supervision of other human service professionals. Students selecting this track are required to complete specific courses including a business course component. Students pursuing the Health and Human Services Management track may pattern their course work to complete the requirements for Nursing Home Administration licensure in the state of Iowa.

Nine credits in history, including 6 credits at the 300-level or higher.
Three courses (9 credits) in Psychology:
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) OR
PSY 317 Cognition in Late Adulthood (3 credits)
PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits) OR
PSY 311 Counseling Psychology (3 credits) OR
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (3 credits)

Three courses (9 credits) in Sociology:
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
BUS 303 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
SOC 313 Social Implications of Medical Issues (3 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) in Multidisciplinary Social Science:
SOC 320 Public Policy & Social Services (3 credits)
LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution (INTD) (3 credits) OR
PSY/SOC 309 Special Topic in Human Services (3 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) in Cross-Cultural Perspectives:
SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits) OR
SOC 315 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) OR
HIS 103 World Civilizations I (3 credits) OR
HIS 104 World Civilizations II (3 credits) OR
LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD) (3 credits)

The following seven courses (21 credits) in political science, economics, methods, seminar, accounting, and philosophy:
POL 201 American National Government (3 credits)
HCA 305 The US Health Care System (3 credits)
HCA 375 Continuous Quality Monitoring Accreditation (3 credits) OR
HCA 421 Health Care Planning & Evaluation (3 credits)
HCA/SOC 340 Managing in Health & Human Service:
An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 credits)
ACC 281 Accounting Concepts for Health Professionals (3 credits)
HCA 311 Health Care Financing & Information Systems (3 credits)
HCA 322 Health Care Ethics & Medical Law (3 credits)

One course (3-6 credits) in Internship/Project:
HCA 402 Health Care Internship (3-6 credits) OR
HCA 459 Senior Project (3 credits)

History Track (21 credits)

The History track provides Social Science majors an opportunity for greater emphasis on history in their major studies and allows them to document a history-based program at the undergraduate level. History track students must meet the general requirements for the Social Science major, as well as complete the following 21 credits:

Required Courses (9 credits):
HIS 103 World Civilizations I (3 credits) OR
HIS 104 World Civilizations II (3 credits)
HIS 203 American History to 1865 (3 credits) OR
HIS 204 American History since 1866 (3 credits)
LIB 325 The Civil War in American Culture (INDT) (3 credits)
and four upper-level HIS courses (12 credits)

Courses in the track may also apply, where appropriate, to General Education and major requirements.

Human Services Track (57 credits)

The optional track in human services gives an applied emphasis to the major. Students selecting the human services track are required to complete specific courses within most of the nine requirement pools in the social science major.

Nine credits in history, including 6 credits at the 300-level or higher.
Six courses (18 credits) in Psychology and Sociology:
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 304 Lifespan Development (or equivalent) (3 credits)
PSY 311 Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 312 Child, Family & Society (3 credits)
SOC 320 Public Policy & Social Services (3 credits)

Choose five courses (15 credits) of the following Social Science Courses:
PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 330 Social Justice & Society (3 credits)
SOC 340 Managing Health & Human Services (3 credits)
SOC 313 Social Implications of Medical Issues (3 credits)
LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution (INTD) (3 credits)
SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits)
SOC 315 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
PSY 317 Cognition in Late Adulthood (3 credits)
SOC 304 Social Gerontology (3 credits)
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice (3 credits)
SOC 305 Crime & Society (3 credits)

One course (3 credits) in Political Science:
POL 201 American National Government (3 credits)

Choose one Economics course (3 credits) from the following:
ECO 100 Survey of Contemporary Economic Issues (3 credits)
ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
HCA 305 The US Health Care System (3 credits)

Choose one Methods course (3 credits) from the following:
MAT 332 Applied Statistics (3 credits)
PSY 325 Statistics for Behavioral & Social Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 326 Research Methods (3 credits)
PSY 335 Tests & Measurements (3 credits)

Two senior and practicum courses (6 credits):
LIB 307 Social Science Seminar (3 credits)
PSY/SOC 421 Human Service Practicum (3 credits)

Political Science Track (18 credits)

The Political Science Track provides Social Science majors an opportunity for greater emphasis on the study of politics and government in their major studies and allows them to document a political science-based program at the undergraduate level. Students in the Political Science Track must meet the general requirements for the Social Science major, as well as the following:

Required Courses (9 credits):
POL 201 American National Government (3 credits)
POL 353 Comparative Politics (3 credits)
POL 355 International Relations (3 credits)
And three additional upper division POL courses

Psychology Track (18 credits)

The Psychology track requires the courses listed below in addition to the other courses required for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. Courses listed will be applied to the psychology course requirement of the Social Science major.

Required Courses (9 credits):
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 304 Lifespan Development (3 credits)
PSY 497 Psychology Capstone (3 credits)

Choose three courses (9 credits) from the following:
PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 302 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 305 Sports Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 311 Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 317 Cognition in Late Adulthood (3 credits)
PSY 335 Tests & Measurements
PSY 350 Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

Sociology Track (21 credits)

The Sociology track provides Social Science majors and opportunity for greater emphasis on sociology as a part of their major studies and allows them to document a sociology-based program at the undergraduate level. Sociology track students must meet the general requirements for the Social Science major, as well as the following:

Required Courses (21 credits):
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD) (3 credits)
Choose five upper-level SOC courses (15 credits)
Courses in the Sociology track may also apply, where appropriate, to the General Education and major requirements.

Specializations

You also have the opportunity to complete a specialization, which will enhance your Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree. The following specializations are available for this major:

  • History 
  • Political Science and Government

View a detailed list of specialization requirements.

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