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Social Science

Social Science

FOR INFORMATION contact
Patricia Kwasek, M.A.
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts, Social Science Major (B.A.)
Social Science Minor
Minor in Ethnic/Cultural Studies*
Minor in African American Studies*
Certificate in African American Studies*
Certificate in Women’s Studies*

*These are interdisciplinary programs. See Ethnic and Cultural Studies.

FACULTY
Mary Byrnes, Ph.D
Karen Ebeling, Ph.D.
Ellis Ivory, M.A.
Thomas Klug, Ph.D.
Patricia Kwasek, M.A.
Tal Levy, Ph.D.
Catherine Orban, Ph.D.
Dena Scher, Ph.D.
Karen Tracy, Ph.D.
Anne White O’Hara, M.A.

Social Science Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS

B.A. Level: Business • Government • Human Services • Law Enforcement • Graduate Level: • Business Administration • Education • Law • Social Work

GENERAL INFORMATION

Like many students, you may find it difficult to select a single discipline for a major. Therefore, a major in social science may suit you best. You will be part of an interdisciplinary program, which examines society’s institutions —their structures, theoretical foundations, evaluation, and interrelation—and how they affect and are affected by human behavior. The courses in the Social Science department are offered to both day and evening students

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

This is a group major of 36 credit hours to include the following:

  • Social Science Core Course Requirements:  SOC 201; ECN 200 or ECN 202 or ECN 203, PSY 205; and one of the following: POL 203 or POL 385
  • A concentration of 18 credit hours in one of the following areas: history, political science, psychology or sociology
  • Additional course work in the social sciences outside your concentration to total 36 hours

Only grades of C- or better in all Social Science core courses and concentration courses can be applied to fulfill the major requirements.

The Social Science minor requires 24 credit hours, including Social Science Core Course Requirements, and additional course work in the social sciences to total 24 hours.

CAREER INFORMATION

Graduates of social science find many and diverse career opportunities. Social science graduates have been in demand for jobs in human services, law enforcement, government, and business. Many social science graduates have gone on to further studies in social work, law, education, and business administration.

Bachelor of Arts, Social Science Major (B.A.)

 

The Bachelor of Arts with a social science group major requires 36 credit hours and completion of the following components:    

A. Social Science Core Course Requirements 

ECN 200        Introductory Macroeconomics

                         -OR-       

ECN 202     Economic Dimensions

                    -OR-                                                            

ECN 203    Introductory Microeconomics
POL 203        Political Reality and Public Policy 

                            -OR-

POL 385        Community & Organizational Change
PSY 205         Introductory Psychology
SOC 201        Sociological Perspectives

B. Additional Social Science Requirements

One of the following writing intensive courses:

HIS 309              American Society after World War II
HIS 320              Vietnam
HIS 335              Women in U. S. History
HIS 340              American Labor History
POL 203        Political Policy and Public Policy
PSY/SOC360       Social Psychology
SOC 375        Sociological Theories
SOC 393        Urban Social Issues

One of the following research courses

ECN/POL/PSY/SOC 305 Introductory Statistics           

                                -OR-

PSY 225             Methods in Psychology

C. Senior Seminars in Social Science

Select the senior seminar course that corresponds to the chosen concentration

PSY/SOC 496S    Social Science Senior Seminar   
HIS/POL 496S         Social Science Senior Seminar   

D. Concentration Requirement

An 18 hour concentration in one of the following areas:

1. Concentration in Political Science

POL 149        American Political Systems
POL 203        Political Reality and Public Policy
POL 377        Transnational Politics

Take the following two courses plus additional credit hours in political science at 300 level to total at least 18 credit hours:

POL 330        Michigan: History and Politics
POL 395        Comparative Politics

2. Concentration in Psychology

PSY 205             Introductory Psychology
PSY 240             Developmental Psychology                               
PSY 360             Social Psychology

Plus additional hours in psychology to total at least 18 credit hours

3. Concentration in Sociology

SOC 201        Sociological Perspectives
SOC 311        Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 306        Ethnic and Racial Diversity    

Plus additional hours in sociology to total at least 18 credit hours

 4. Concentration in History

HIS 252              United States to 1877
HIS 253              United States Since 1877
HIS 255              World History I
HIS 256              World History II

Plus additional hours in history at 300 level to total at least 18 credit hours

E. Electives

Select the remaining credit hours from any of the social sciences not in your concentration.

 

Social Science Minor

 

A social science group minor consists of 24 credit hours in the following courses:

A. Social Science Core Courses (13 credit hours)

SOC 201        Sociological Perspectives     

                           -OR-

SOC 202        Social Problems
ECN 202        Economic Dimensions           

                           -OR-

ECN 200        Introductory  Macroeconomics 

                           -OR-

ECN 203        Introductory Microeconomics                           
PSY 205             Introductory Psychology
POL 149        American Political Systems   

                           -OR-

POL 203        Political Reality & Public Policy  

                           -OR-

POL 385        Community & Organizational Change

B. Electives

Additional hours from anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology for a total of 24 credit hours in social science

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS SEEKING TEACHER CERTIFICATION

A social science minor does not apply to students in elementary or secondary teaching. These students should refer to the Social Studies group minor.

 

Social Science Course Descriptions

PSY/SOC 496S Social Science Senior Seminar 3 hours

Psychology and Sociology Concentrations

Prerequisites: Social Science major; senior standing or

second semester junior; consultation with advisor;

permission of instructor; ENG 312; writing intensive course (PSY 360); Term: I

Broad topic applicable to all the social sciences is chosen by the group taking the course each semester with instructor approval. Each student must address the broad issue using general social science skills, but must also focus on a theme within the broad topic which relates to the specific area of concentration. Required written and oral presentations.

HIS/POL 496S Social Science Senior Seminar 3 hours

History and Political Science Concentrations

Prerequisites: Social Science major; senior standing or second semester junior; consultation with advisor; permission of instructor; ENG 312; writing intensive course (either HIS 309, HIS 320, HIS 335, HIS 340, POL 203, POL/HIS 330); Term: 1

Senior research seminar for social science majors with history and political science concentrations.  In depth research and writing on a history or political science topic related to Detroit.

 

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