Students who major in Social Science Studies will understand how various social science disciplines structure and advance knowledge, raise and answer analytical questions, and deal with competing theories within specific fields. Emphasis is placed on developing critical awareness of the different methodologies applied to questions about society, social interaction, and human subjectivity. Students work closely with their advisers to plan a program that satisfies the required competencies in a chosen area of focus and in the social science disciplines. Students participate in a capstone during their final semester, demonstrating the incorporation of their chosen disciplines into a project, presentation, and paper. This program is available fully online as well as face-to-face.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the knowledge and critical procedures of the social sciences.
  • Describe and apply the research methods of a social science.
  • Write analytically and lucidly.
  • Synthesize the findings and protocols of at least two disciplines into a developed plan of research and analysis.
  • Apply a synthesized plan of research to a single problem or set of related problems concerning contemporary society.
  • Communicate, in oral and written form, the principal findings of a synthesized plan of research.


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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Studies


Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies

The Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies allows students to create degree programs from courses across disciplinary boundaries, including cultural studies, linguistic studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, multi-disciplinary studies, and social science studies.


College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts offers students a well-rounded education in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop strong analytical and communication skills for a lifetime of learning and discovery that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.