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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.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Concentration areas include:

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the 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.

The Student Assessment Portfolio Program (SAP): The SAP in Social Science is a portfolio assessment requirement for degree completion. The following related course is taken in the freshman or sophomore year with presentation of the completed portfolio in the fall semester of the student's senior year:

  • SSCI S210, First Portfolio Review

Specific requirements of the portfolio are available from the Assessment Coordinator for the Social Sciences SAP.

Minimum credit hours 120
General Education Requirement 35
Computational Skills
Select one from the following (4 credits)
STAT S107 Survey of Statistics 4
MATH S107 College Algebra 4
Social Science Skills*
SSCI S101 Self, Culture and Society 3
SSCI S102 Reading/Writing in the Social Sciences 2
SSCI S210 First Portfolio Review Class 1
World Language Recommendation 8
___ S__ Language courses** 8
**8 credits in a 1-year sequence of a single world or Alaska Native language 
Electives 23-25
___ S__ Advisor-approved electives
Primary Concentration Requirements 24-25
Secondary Concentration Requirements 30-31
*Must pass all courses with grade of C (2.00) or better
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.
Anthropology
Primary Concentration Requirements 24
ANTH S202 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH S205 Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH S__ Electives* 18
*At least 12 credits must be upper division
Economics
Primary Concentration Requirements 24-25
ECON S201 Principles of Economics I: Macroeconomics 3
ECON S202 Principles of Economics II: Microeconomics 3
SSCI S300 Research Methods in Social Science 3
ECON S__ Electives* 12-13
*At least 9 credits must be upper division.
Select one from the following (3 credits)
ECON S321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON S324 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 3
 
Government/Political Science
Primary Concentration Requirements 24
GOVT S___ Electives* 18
SSCI S300 Research Methods in Social Science 3
*At least 12 credits must be upper division
Select one from the following (3 credits)
GOVT S101 Introduction to American Government 3
GOVT S102 Introduction to Political Science 3
History
Primary Concentration Requirements 24
HIST S300 Historiography and Historical Methods 3
HIST S492 Seminar in History: Selected Topics 3
HIST S__ Any two 100/200 level history courses except HIST 133 6
HIST S__ Any two 300/400 level history courses* 6
*Courses selected must not be taken as GERs
select both**
HIST S131 U.S. History I 3
HIST S132 U.S. History II 3
or both
HIST S105 World History I 3
HIST S106 World History II 3
or both
HIST S227 Early Modern Europe 1400-1815 3
HIST S228 Modern Europe 1815-2000 3
**Courses selected must not be taken as GERs
Psychology
Primary Concentration Requirements 24
PSY S101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY S300 Research Methods in Social Science 3
PSY S__ Any one 200 level psychology course 18
*12 credits must be upper division.
Sociology 24
Primary Emphasis Requirements
SOC S101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC S300 Research Methods in Social Science 3
SOC S__ Electives* 18
*At least 15 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.
Anthropology
Secondary Concentration Requirements 15
ANTH S202 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH S__ Electives* 12
*At least 9 credits must be upper division.
Economics
Secondary Emphasis Requirements 15-16
ECON S201 Principles of Economics I: Macro 3
ECON S202 Principles of Economics II: Micro 3
ECON S__ Electives* 9-10
*At least 6 credits must be upper division.
Government/Political Science
Secondary Emphasis Requirements 15
GOVT S___ Electives 15
*At least 6 credits must be upper division
Select one from the following (3 credits)
GOVT S101 Introduction to American Government 3
GOVT S102 Introduction to Political Science 3
History
Secondary Emphasis Requirements 15
select both*  
HIST S131 History of the U.S. I 3
HIST S132 History of the U.S. II 3
or both*
HIST S105 World History I 3
HIST S106 World History II 3
or both
HIST S227 Early Modern Europe 1400-1815 3
HIST S228 Modern Europe 1815-2000 3
HIST S__ Electives** 9
*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 15
PSY S101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY S__ Electives* 12
*6 credits must be upper division
Sociology
Secondary Emphasis Requirements 15
SOC S101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC S__ Electives 12
 
 

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