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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

Concentration areas include:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The B.A. degree in Social Science with an emphasis in a social science discipline enables students to engage in advanced course work in at least three social science disciplines as well as experience a rich interdisciplinary focus pursuing their degree.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

After admission to UAS and declaring a social science major, applicants are admitted to the B.A. in Social Science program and assigned a faculty advisor.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Specific requirements for GERs in Social Science are listed below. Students must select one primary and two secondary concentration areas. The degree must include 42 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Students must pass all SSCI and Social Science methods classes and all classes within the Primary and Secondary Concentrations with a C (2.00) or better. The Student Assessment Portfolio (SAP) is required for degree completion. SSCI S200 (Orientation to the Social Sciences) is taken in the sophomore year with presentation of the completed portfolio in the final semester of the student’s senior year. Students must also take one Social Science methods course in addition to any methods course required in their Primary Concentration.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Social Science Orientation3
Social Science Methods3-4
World Language Requirement8
Primary Concentration Requirements24-25
Secondary Concentration Requirements30-31

General Education Requirements

Computational Skills

Select one from the following (4 credits):

MATHS113Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics3
MATHS151College Algebra (or higher)4
STATS107Survey of Statistics4

Social Science Orientation

SSCIS200Orientation to the Social Sciences3

Social Science Methods

Select one from the following (3-4 credits):

ANTHS311Methods and Theories in Archaeology3
ANTHS363Ethnohistory3
ANTHS390/HIST S390Archives and Museums Theory and Practice3
ECONS412Econometrics4
HISTS300Historiography and Historical Methods3
SSCIS300Research Methods in the Social Sciences3
SSCIS373Data Analysis in the Social Sciences3
STATS273Elementary Statistics (or higher3

World Language Requirement

___S__Language courses*8
* 8 credits in a 1-year sequence of a single world or Alaska Native language. American Sign Language does not fulfill this requirement.

Social Science Primary Concentrations

Choose one. If a course is taken as a GER, substitution of an equal or higher course level and number of credits in same discipline must be taken to fulfill the primary concentration requirement. Must pass all courses with grade of C (2.00) or better.

Primary ConcentrationCredit Hours
Anthropology24
Economics25
Government/Political Science24
History24
Psychology24
Sociology24

Anthropology

Primary Concentration Requirements

ANTHS202Cultural Anthropology3
ANTHS205Biological Anthropology3
ANTHS__Electives*18
* At least 12 credits must be upper division

Economics

Primary Concentration Requirements

ECONS201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECONS202Principles of Microeconomics3
ECONS412Econometrics4
ECONS__Electives*12
* 9 credits must be upper division.

Government/Political Science

Primary Concentration Requirements

GOVTS___Electives*18
SSCIS300Research Methods in Social Science3
* At least 12 credits must be upper division

Select one from the following (3 credits):

GOVTS101Introduction to American Government3
GOVTS102Introduction to Political Science3

History

Primary Concentration Requirements

HISTS492Seminar in History: Selected Topics3
HISTS__Electives*15
* 9 credits must be upper division.

select both**

HISTS131History of the U.S. I3
HISTS132History of the U.S. II3

or both

HISTS105World History I3
HISTS106World History II3

** Courses selected must not be taken as GERs

Psychology

Primary Concentration Requirements

PSYS101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYS___Electives*18
PSYS300Research Methods in Social Science3
* 12 credits must be upper division.

Sociology

Primary Concentration Requirements

SOCS101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCS___Electives*18
SSCIS300Research Methods in Social Science3
* 12 credits must be upper division.

Social Science Secondary Concentrations

Choose two disciplines different from your primary concentration area and complete 15-16 credit course sequencing for both. If course taken as a GER, substitution of an equal or higher course level and number of credits in the same discipline must be taken to fulfill the secondary concentration requirement. Must pass all courses with grade of C (2.00) or better.

Secondary ConcentrationCredit Hours
Anthropology15
Economics15-16
Government/Political Science15
History15
Psychology15
Sociology15

Anthropology

Secondary Concentration Requirements

ANTHS202Cultural Anthropology3
ANTHS___Electives*12
* At least 9 credits must be upper division

Economics

Secondary Concentration Requirements

ECONS201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECONS202Principles of Microeconomics3
ECONS___Electives*9-10
* 6 credits must be upper division.

Government/Political Science

Secondary Concentration Requirements

GOVTS___Electives*12
* At least 6 credits must be upper division

Select one from the following (3 credits):

GOVTS101Introduction to American Government3
GOVTS102Introduction to Political Science3

History

Secondary Concentration Requirements

select both*

HISTS131History of the U.S. I3
HISTS132History of the U.S. II3
HISTS___Electives**9

or both*

HISTS105World History I3
HISTS106World History II3

* Courses selected must not be taken as GERs

** Minimum of 6 credits must be upper-division. HIST S133 will not be counted toward this degree

Psychology

Secondary Concentration Requirements

PSYS101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYS___Electives*12
* 6 credits must be upper division.

Sociology

Secondary Concentration Requirements

SOCS101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCS___Electives*12
* 6 credits must be upper division.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.

 
 

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