Political Science (Social Science Major Track)
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.
Declare Your Program
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.