Program Overview

The social science major offers students an integrated and intellectually challenging approach to understanding social reality and the public issues that shape today's world. The program combines a strong commitment to higher order reading, writing, and thinking with extensive opportunities to integrate these academic skills with community-based experience. Department faculty are award-winning educators, committed to the intellectual, professional and civic development of their students.

The program is built on a strong foundation of interdisciplinary social science. Social science majors choose from three tracks: disciplinary (anthropology, political science and sociology), global studies and generalist. In addition, all students participate in an interdisciplinary series of advanced courses that provide a creative and rigorous educational experience. The learning outcomes for a social science major are:

  • to know and understand the essential concepts of social science;
  • to comprehend the historical foundations and theoretical approaches of social science;
  • to plan and carry out social science research; to develop higher order thinking skills by analyzing and interpreting social science literature;
  • to write analytically in a style that is informed, well-reasoned and literate;
  • to recognize and understand the social significance of gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, social class and physical ability;
  • to understand and utilize a global perspective; and
  • to develop civic skills and ethical awareness by participating in community-based learning and program internships.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Social Science major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.

Declare Your Program

Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

  • At least half of the credits required for the major must be completed at Metropolitan State University.
  • Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all major courses.
  • Student should select lower division electives and upper division electives in consultation with an advisor.
  • Transfer courses may be applicable to major requirements. The university's degree audit will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to major requirements. Other transfer courses must be approved by a faculty advisor in the department.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Social Science Requirements (40 credits)

• At least half of the credits required for the major must be completed at Metropolitan State University.

• Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all major courses.

• Student should select lower division electives and upper division electives in consultation with an advisor.

• Transfer courses may be applicable to major requirements. The university's degree audit will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to major requirements. Other transfer courses must be approved by a faculty advisor in the department.

• Sequencing: SSCI 300, SSCI 311, SSCI 501 and SSCI 451 or SSCI 452 must be taken in four separate semesters in the order listed above. SSCI 300 and SSCI 311 may be taken concurrently with departmental approval.

• All social science majors must complete the following courses.

  • SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist
    4 credits

    Most of us are only dimly aware of how politics, culture, and society influence, and often coerce, our daily lives. The calling of a social scientist is to help us make these invisible social structures visible. In this course, students develop the skills and tools to discover, analyze, and interpret these obscure social processes. Ideally, this knowledge will have a liberating effect on their individual lives. Students will also perceive how their civic and ethical participation can change politics, culture, and society, as well as themselves.

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  • SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science
    4 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research. Students learn and implement a variety of research methods, and critically reflect on the relationship of these methods to philosophical traditions within social science. The courses examines two approaches to social science research, quantitative and qualitative, and the unique contribution of each approach for understanding social life. Experiential activities enhance classroom learning.

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  • SSCI 365 Social Science Internship: Leadership in Organizations and Public Life
    0 credits

    Students gain experience in applied social science while working as an intern in a non-profit or community-based organization, the public sector, or a social action group. Prior to registering, students meet with the instructor to select their specific internship project. Students supplement their specific field experience with participation in the group internship seminar which meets five times during the semester. Through this combination of extensive community-based experience and guided reading, writing and analysis, students develop their ability to integrate social science theory with community-based experience.

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  • SSCI 501 Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science
    4 credits

    The social sciences have been shaping views of the human condition for more than 150 years. This seminar explores those ideas that continue to engage and perplex thoughtful observers of social life. Students become acquainted with writing by major thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud, Ruth Benedict, Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt. The course addresses the social and historical roots of the great ideas as well as the moral aspirations and creative impulses of these social scientists.

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  • SSCI 451 Empirical Research Capstone
    4 credits

    Social scientists investigate the patterns of human interactions and then seek to interpret, explain and communicate human behavior. This seminar is designed to provide a final, integrating experience for students with a social science major. Seminar participants complete a senior project that demonstrates an ability to design a study, collect new or existing data, analyze those findings and communicate the results.

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Social Science Anthropology Track Lower-division Electives (up to 9 credits)

  • SSCI 100 Introduction to Social Science
    3 credits

    How is society possible? Are human beings free? Can the individual make a difference? This course explores these and other fundamental questions drawn from the social sciences. Through films, novels, classroom exercises, and topical readings students investigate the relationship between the individual and society. Cross-cultural perspectives are integrated into the course.

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Social Science Anthropology Track Survey Courses (4 credits, select one course)

  • ANTH 301 Approaches to Cultural Anthropology
    4 credits

    This course introduces the study of humanity from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. Students learn what anthropologists do, how they do it, and why. Exposure to the range of human possibilities, differences, and similarities will highlight the processes of enculturation in all societies. The course explores topics such as kinship, economics, religion, social control, globalization, culture change, and contemporary cultural issues affecting all humans.

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  • ANTH 302 Gender and Culture
    4 credits

    What is gender? How can we understand differences in gender and sexuality? Through the perspective of cultural anthropology, students examine how gender is perceived and realized in a range of human societies. Discussions on the biological/cultural determinants of gender are considered. Ethnographic materials explore how gender varies cross culturally and historically and is related to social power. Students engage with contemporary debates surrounding such themes as marriage, family, human rights, and sexuality.

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Social Science Core Courses (19-20 credits)

Sequencing: SSCI 300, SSCI 311, SSCI 501 and SSCI 451 or SSCI 452 must be taken in four separate semesters in the order listed above. SSCI 300 and SSCI 311 may be taken concurrently with departmental approval.

  • SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist
    4 credits

    Most of us are only dimly aware of how politics, culture, and society influence, and often coerce, our daily lives. The calling of a social scientist is to help us make these invisible social structures visible. In this course, students develop the skills and tools to discover, analyze, and interpret these obscure social processes. Ideally, this knowledge will have a liberating effect on their individual lives. Students will also perceive how their civic and ethical participation can change politics, culture, and society, as well as themselves.

    Course Outline Class Schedule <<<<<<< HEAD ======= >>>>>>> 35179410ff55d83bece68cc1d84aadaa0fa744b8
  • SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science
    4 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research. Students learn and implement a variety of research methods, and critically reflect on the relationship of these methods to philosophical traditions within social science. The courses examines two approaches to social science research, quantitative and qualitative, and the unique contribution of each approach for understanding social life. Experiential activities enhance classroom learning.

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  • SSCI 365 Social Science Internship: Leadership in Organizations and Public Life
    0 credits

    Students gain experience in applied social science while working as an intern in a non-profit or community-based organization, the public sector, or a social action group. Prior to registering, students meet with the instructor to select their specific internship project. Students supplement their specific field experience with participation in the group internship seminar which meets five times during the semester. Through this combination of extensive community-based experience and guided reading, writing and analysis, students develop their ability to integrate social science theory with community-based experience.

    Course Outline Class Schedule <<<<<<< HEAD ======= >>>>>>> 35179410ff55d83bece68cc1d84aadaa0fa744b8
  • SSCI 501 Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science
    4 credits

    The social sciences have been shaping views of the human condition for more than 150 years. This seminar explores those ideas that continue to engage and perplex thoughtful observers of social life. Students become acquainted with writing by major thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud, Ruth Benedict, Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt. The course addresses the social and historical roots of the great ideas as well as the moral aspirations and creative impulses of these social scientists.

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  • SSCI 451 Empirical Research Capstone
    4 credits

    Social scientists investigate the patterns of human interactions and then seek to interpret, explain and communicate human behavior. This seminar is designed to provide a final, integrating experience for students with a social science major. Seminar participants complete a senior project that demonstrates an ability to design a study, collect new or existing data, analyze those findings and communicate the results.

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Social Science Anthropology Upper-division Electives

Select 300-level courses in anthropology. Students may also take:

  • SSCI 401 Social Science Seminar: Contending Perspectives
    4 credits

    This course provides students with the opportunity to understand, integrate, and apply the core themes and contending perspectives that underline the social studies disciplines. Through guided readings, research and discussion, seminar participants further develop the capacity to analyze selected issues through multiple lenses. Students apply these multiple perspectives to teaching middle and secondary social studies.

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