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2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science, B.S.

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 (51 credits)

Required Core Courses (30 credits)

History (18 credits)

Nine semester hours of 100-level HIST 9 semester hours of 300-400 level HIST (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)

Concentration (6 credits)

In addition to the History and Political Science requirements specified above, majors will select a concentration in either History or Political Science and take six additional semester hours at the 300-400 level in that field. If the concentration is in History, those courses must be divided between American (Group A) and Non-American (Groups B, C) courses.

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:


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 Department of Education. Beginning with Fall 2010, 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 p. 109 for details. Future teachers are also encouraged to take COMS 114 - Public Speaking .

B.S. Requirements (6-12 credits)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science (Non-Teaching Option) can choose to take 6-8 hours beyond the Core Curriculum requirements in courses from one of the following areas:

Mathematical Sciences:

Mathematics (except MATH 111 , MATH 112 , MATH 114 , MATH 116 , MATH 312 ) and Statistics, Information Technology

Natural Sciences:

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Anthropological Science

Or, they can elect to take six to eight hours in one of the following disciplines:

  • Economics: 300-400 level.
  • Psychology: 300-400 level.


Students who have previously been Social Science Majors-Teaching Option may apply six semester hours of the Fall Education Block to the B.S. degree requirements if they have already received credit for those courses.

Total Credits Needed for Degree 120

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a major in Social Science, 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.