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Social Science

Social science explores the social interactions that occur in culture, society and politics. The faculty integrates the study of local, national and international issues with an understanding of the global context in which they occur. Metropolitan State's program is unique in stressing the interrelationships among the various fields of the social sciences. The mastery of these fields of study—anthropology, political science and sociology—is of growing importance to students' economic and civic viability as successful participants in this fast-paced contemporary society. This focus gives the program special flexibility, allowing students to tailor a major to meet their individual needs and interests. Within this program, students are engaged in a highly disciplined process of investigation that encourages them to understand, analyze and ultimately act upon the social environment.

Graduates in social science are uniquely qualified for a variety of opportunities and leadership roles in both professional and community life. Employers and graduate and professional schools repeatedly confirm this assertion. They seek graduates with an aptitude for creative thinking, reasoning abilities, oral and written communication skills, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and a global perspective.

Metropolitan State University prides itself on its outstanding faculty, which include professional educators and community faculty members who are both teachers and full-time professionals in their areas of expertise. Faculty in the Social Science Department have received numerous teaching awards. In addition, they have been recognized for their applied work on local, state and global issues. Faculty are committed to integrating theory and practice within the Social Science Department program offerings.

In addition to being grounded in their specific academic disciplines, faculty seek to apply their knowledge both within and outside academia. Students also are encouraged to integrate theory and practice through a variety of learning strategies that include practical application.

Acceptance to the 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.

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Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Metropolitan State University, you will complete at least 120 semester credits, including 40 semester credits at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300 or higher). Thirty of these credits must be completed through Metropolitan State, including at least 18 credits in courses required by your major. In addition to these major requirements, you must also complete 48 credits in general education of which at least eight credits must be upper division. Additional information about these requirements is available from the university's Admissions Office.

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Careers

As a social science major you may choose from three program options--generalist, social action, and disciplinary track--each of which prepares you for a variety of careers in an increasingly diverse world.

The generalist track provides a solid foundation for graduate work in anthropology, sociology or political science and gives you strong academic preparation for careers in public agencies, nonprofit organizations and the business world. This program is also appropriate preparation for professional study in fields such as law, public affairs and international relations.

A growing number of students are seeking an education that prepares them for public interest careers. The social action track is designed to meet this need. This track prepares you for career opportunities such as advocate, community organizer, legislative lobbyist, policy analyst, social researcher, public affairs officer, community development specialist, campaign staffer, and elected or appointed public official.

The disciplinary track enables you to focus in anthropology, political science or sociology. In consultation with the social science faculty, students with highly specific educational objectives may design a program to fit their particular academic needs.

The learning outcomes for this major provide the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter the 21st century workplace:

  • to know and understand the essential concepts of social science;
  • to comprehend the historical foundations, theoretical paradigms and research methods of social science;
  • 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 differences of gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, and social class;
  • to understand and utilize a global perspective; and
  • to develop civic skills by participating in community-based learning and internships.

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