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Social Science

Social Science

FOR INFORMATION contact
Patricia Kwasek, M.A.
Liberal Arts Building, Library Wing, L207
Direct: (313) 927-1296
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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.
Karen Davis, Ph.D.
Ellis Ivory, M.A.
Thomas Klug, Ph.D.
Patricia Kwasek, M.A.
Tal Levy, Ph.D.
Catherine Orban, 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 both to day students with some courses offered in the evening.

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

*Students with the Social Science major must also complete the General Education requirements of the College and an approved minor.

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 (2013-2015) MAJOR (B.A.) Updated October 2014

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

(Students with the Social Science major must also complete the General Education requirements of the College and an approved minor).

A. Social Science Core Course Requirements
PSY 205 Introductory Psychology
SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives
POL 203 Political Reality and Public Policy
                -OR-
POL 385 Community & Organizational Change
ECN 200 Introductory Macroeconomics
                -OR-
ECN 202 Economic Dimensions
                -OR-
ECN 203 Introductory Microeconomics

B. Writing Intensive Course
Take one writing intensive course identified in the selected area concentration listed below.

C. Senior Seminars in Social Science
Select the senior seminar course that corresponds to the chosen concentration. Students with an Urban Studies Concentration take the HIS/POL 496 Senior Seminar.

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 (Writing Intensive course option)
POL 377 Transnational Politics (Writing Intensive course option)

Take 9 additional credit hours from the following courses:
POL 325 American Foreign Policy
POL 330 Michigan: History and Politics
POL 333 Urban Politics
POL 334 Comparative Urban Politics
POL 395 Comparative Politics

2. Concentration in Psychology
PSY 205 Introductory Psychology
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology
PSY 225 Methods in Psychology
                -OR-
PSY 305 Introductory Statistics
PSY 360 Social Psychology (Writing Intensive Course)

Plus additional hours in psychology at the 300 level 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
SOC 375 Sociological Theories (Writing Intensive course)

Plus additional hours in sociology at the 300 level 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

Choose One Writing Intensive Course:
HIS 309 American Society after World War II
HIS 320 Vietnam
HIS 335 Women in U. S. History
HIS 340 American Labor History

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

5. Urban Studies Concentration
18 hours from the following courses with coursework taken in a minimum of two social science disciplines.

PSY 365 Group Dynamics
POL/SOC 385 Community and Organizational change
POL 332 Politics of Detroit
POL 333 Urban Politics
POL 334 Comparative Urban Politics
SOC 393 Urban Social Issues
HIS 310 Metro Detroit through Three Centuries
HIS 300 Topics in Urban History
HIS/POL 330 Michigan History and Politics
GEO 304 Mapping Urban Space (3 hours)
GEO 305 Urban Geography (3 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: 2
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.

For additional Course Descriptions, see appropriate sections of this catalog.