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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:    

A. Social Science Core Course Requirements 

ECN 200        Introductory Macroeconomics


ECN 202        Economic Dimensions


ECN 203        Introductory Microeconomics
PSY 205        Introductory Psychology
SOC 201       Sociological Perspectives
POL 203        Political Reality and Public Policy 


POL 385        Community & Organizational Change

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

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 Politic

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 option)

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 option) 

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

E. Electives

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


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

A. Social Science Core Courses

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