Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

B.A. in Social Science

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science is to develop interdisciplinary professional skills and academic preparation in the social sciences. This degree allows you the flexibility to choose one major concentration area and one minor concentration area from each of the following disciplines - Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

It is well suited for students interested in careers such as survey researcher, market research analyst, policy analyst, human resource manager, and social science researcher, or for those interested in careers in military service and law enforcement.

Core Courses

A grade of 'C' is required in each core course

  • OS 200 Survey of Social Science (3)
  • OS 300 Problems in Social Science (3)
  • OS 400 Social Science Research Methods (3)

Statistics Requirement - Choose one course

  • MA 155 Statistical Reasoning (3)
  • MA 223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • PY 271 Research Analysis I (3)
  • QM 257 Business Statistics (3)
  • SO 242/SW 242 Statistics for Social Scientists (3)

Choose 21 hours in a concentration in one of the following areas

(at least 15 hours must be at the 300-500 level)

Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History (any prefix), Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Choose 6 hours from courses in these secondary areas

(300-599 level, except for the area of concentration)

Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History (any prefix), Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Language and Math/Statistics Options

Students may substitute up to 6 hours in foreign language and/or additional math/statistics courses from the above hours, in either category, with the approval of the BASS Coordinator.

General Education Interdisciplinary Program Options

UI/IU courses in social science may be substituted in any category with the approval of the BASS coordinator. The program will maintain a list of acceptable substitutions.

General Education Requirements

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • US History requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599), Writing Proficiency Exam (WP003), and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a B.A. with a major in social science.

Sample Four Year Program

Fall (15 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • OS 200 (3)
  • Concentration Area (3)
  • Statistics Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • OS 300 (3)
  • Concentration Area (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • Concentration Area (3)
  • Secondary Area (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • OS 400 (3)
  • Secondary Area (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • Concentration Area (3)
  • Concentration Area (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • Concentration Area (3)
  • Concentration Area (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Contact

(573) 651-2146
jmcgaugh@semo.edu
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Caranahan Hall 311

Department of History and Anthropology
One University Plaza, MS4150
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701