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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

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The degree requires a student to complete the University general education requirements (GERs), a series of core classes specific to the social sciences, classes designated by the student’s selection of the primary area of concentration (similar to a major), classes designated in each of two additional disciplines the student chooses to study, and the remaining credits in electives (which can include a minor). Forty-two of these credits must be upper division in accordance with University requirements.

It is common to graduate with more than the minimum number of credits required, based on personal interest, course availability, and planning. It is highly recommended that students maintain an active role, with their academic advisor, in planning their course of study in order to get the most out of their college experience and financial commitments to their education.


Concentration areas include:

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 Hours 120
General Education Requirements 35
Social Science Orientation 3
Social Science Methods 3-4
World Language Requirement 8
Primary Concentration Requirements 24-25
Secondary Concentration Requirements 30-31

General Education Requirements

Computational Skills

Select one from the following (4 credits):

MATH S113 Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics 3
MATH S151 College Algebra (or higher) 4
STAT S107 Survey of Statistics 4

Social Science Orientation

SSCI S200 Orientation to the Social Sciences 3

Social Science Methods

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

ANTH S311 Methods and Theories in Archaeology 3
ANTH S363 Ethnohistory 3
ANTH S390/HIST S390 Archives and Museums Theory and Practice 3
ECON S412 Econometrics 4
HIST S300 Historiography and Historical Methods 3
SSCI S300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
SSCI S373 Data Analysis in the Social Sciences 3
STAT S273 Elementary Statistics (or higher 3

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 fullfil this requirement.

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