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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science, B.A.

Social Science Major


All requirements for social science majors (both options) are outlined below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)

In College Core B , all majors in programs in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are required to pass a second course in Social and Behavioral Sciences; i.e., CHBS majors cannot fulfill College Core B requirements with a Health and Wellness course.

Non-Teaching Option (45 credits)

The Non-Teaching option is only for students who were enrolled previously in the Social Science Teaching Options. Enrollment in the Social Science Non-Teaching Options is contingent upon students having at least junior standing and having already completed a minimum of 30 Radford University credit hours as a Social Science Teaching Option Major.

Required Core Courses (30 credits)

History (18 credits)

  • Nine semester hours of 100-level HIST
  • Nine semester hours of 300-400 level history courses (3 semester hours from Group A, 3 semester hours from Group B or Group C, and 3 semester hours of HIST from Group A, B, or C)
Political Science (12 credits)

Other Requirements (15 credits)

Geography (6 credits)

Students must take one U.S. designated and one Non-U.S. designated course from the following list:

Social Science Electives (6 credits)

Majors will select Social Science Electives in one of the four major content areas (History, Political Science, Geography and\or Geospatial Science, Economics) and take six additional semester hours at the 300-400 level in that field.  If the electives are in History, those courses must be divided between American (Group A) and Non-American (Groups B, C) courses.


Students needing additional electives to meet their final degree requirements should consult their academic advisors for careful selection of appropriate course work.

Teaching Option (45 credits)

Required Courses

Geography (6 credits)

Teacher Licensure

In addition to completing requirements in the Social Science major, those intending to teach in the public schools must also complete all specified courses and requirements in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. Social Science Education candidates must have a 2.75 grade point average (at RU and in-major) in order to be admitted to Teacher Education and to Early Field Experiences. See College of Education and Human Development  for details. Future teachers are also encouraged to take COMS 114 - Public Speaking .

B.A. Requirements (6-8 credits)

Majors seeking the B.A. degree in Social Science (both options) must complete the B.A. language requirements described here .

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a major in Social Science (Non-Teaching Option), a student must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses with departmental prefixes associated with their particular Social Science option.  To graduate with a major in Social Science (Teaching Option), a student must have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all courses both in the Social Science major as well as overall college work and at RU.


Students may use Internship credit towards their elective requirements in the major. They should consult with the Department of History’s Internship Coordinator.