Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Students must select one of three concentrations:

Community Governance and Advocacy. Explores issues and problems related to community organizations, political or social advocacy, governance, private-public sector partnerships, philanthropy, and other local, state, or regional matters. Course offerings deal with physical development, social interaction, race and ethnicity, family, gender, economics, and politics as they relate to challenges of community life.

Health and Society.  Examines the social, behavioral, and economic determinants of health. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to improve population health. Students may select from courses in health psychology, anthropology of alternative medicine, or the sociology of health care systems.

Liberal Studies. Students will create an individual sequence of course work designed to accomplish study in interdisciplinary studies in social science.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science

1. The graduation requirements of the University as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science major is met by completing Social Science 499. That course is referenced in item 5. below.
2. The graduation requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
3. Foundation Courses (9 to 12 credits):
Three of the following courses:
ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
HST 110 Historical Approaches to Contemporary Issues 3
PLS 200 Introduction to Political Science 4
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 4
One foundation course must match the discipline in the selected cognate, as listed in item 7. below. Qualified students may substitute Economics 251H for Economics 201. 
4. The following course (1 credit):
SSC 299 Integration of Social Science Perspectives 1
5. Capstone Course (3 credits):
The following course:
SSC 499 Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (W) 3
6. Complete a minimum of 15 to 27 credits in one of the following concentrations with no more than two courses from a single discipline. Courses in the cognate discipline may not be used to satisfy the course requirements of the concentration.
Students pursuing the Liberal Studies concentration should refer to the section below on Liberal Studies.
Community Governance and Advocacy
Anthropology
ANP 321 Anthropology of Social Movements 3
ANP 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Anthropological Approaches to Collective Identity 3
ANP 426 Urban Anthropology 3
ANP 430 Culture, Resources, and Power 3
ANP 439 Human Rights: Anthropological Perspectives 3
Criminal Justice
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 355 Juvenile Justice 3
CJ 474 Law and Criminal Justice Policy 3
Economics
EC 335 Taxes, Government Spending, and Public Policy 3
EC 380 Labor Relations and Labor Market Policy 3
EC 425 Law and Economics (W) 3
Human Development and Family Studies
HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America 3
Geography
GEO 413 Urban Geography 3
GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
History
HST 306 Modern United States 3
HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
Political Science
PLS 301 American State Government 3
PLS 302 Urban Politics 3
PLS 313 American Public Policy 3
PLS 320 Judicial Politics 3
PLS 331 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3
PLS 333 Public Opinion and Political Behavior 3
Psychology
PSY 270 Community Psychology 3
Sociology
SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC 330 Social Stratification 3
SOC 331 Political Sociology 3
SOC 361 Contemporary Communities 3
SOC 363 Rural Sociology 3
SOC 375 Urban Sociology 3
SOC 424 Organizations and Society 3
SOC 481 Social Movements and Collective Identities 3
Social Science 
SSC 493 Social Science Internship 3
Social Work
SW 475 School Violence: Causes and Interventions 3
Urban Planning 
UP 100 The City 3
UP 201 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 4
UP 353 Land Use Planning 4
Health and Society
Anthropology
ANP 204 Introduction to Medical Anthropology 3
ANP 206 Introduction Physical Anthropology 3
ANP 270 Women and Health: Anthropological and International Perspectives 3
ANP 370 Culture, Health and Illness 3
ANP 423 Psychological Anthropology 3
ANP 425 Issues in Medical Anthropology 3
ANP 471 The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine 3
Economics
EC 498 Economics of Health Care (W) 3
Epidemiology
EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
Geography
GEO 435 Geography of Health and Disease 3
History
HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
HST 425 American and European Health Care since 1800 4
Human Development and Family Studies
HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family 3
HDFS 445 Human Sexuality 3
HDFS 449 Special Needs Children and Their Families 3
Neuroscience
NEU 310 Psychology and Biology of Human Sexuality 3
Psychology
PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 280 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 320 Health Psychology 3
PSY 409 Psychobiology of Behavioral Development (W ) 3
Sociology
SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3
SOC 368 Science, Technology and Society 3
SOC 424 Organizations and Society 3
SOC 427 Environmental Toxicology and Society 3
SOC 451 Dynamics of Population 3
SOC 452 Environment and Society 3
SOC 475 Health and Society 3
Social Science 
SSC 493 Social Science Internship 3
Social Work
SW 472 Social Work in Health Care 3
SW 474 Substance Abuse and the Human Services 3
Liberal Studies 

Students interested in completing a Liberal Studies concentration must complete 27 credits of course work in the College of Social Science, of which at least 3 credits must be a course on social research methods offered by any unit in the college. Liberal Studies students are limited to no more than five courses in a single discipline, and are not required to complete a disciplinary cognate as listed in item 7. below. Liberal Studies students may only count College of Social Science courses toward their major requirements, but are strongly encouraged to select appropriate electives, or minors to accomplish the student’s academic goals. To pursue this concentration, a student must develop a proposal in coordination with the interdisciplinary studies in social science advisor that includes the following:

a. a proposed outline of the course work to be taken with a rationale for each course.
b. a statement of purpose for the proposed course work.
c. a set of specific learning outcomes that will be achieved through the course work that is not available in other majors at the university, or in the college.
The proposed course of study must be approved by the interdisciplinary studies in social science advisor, two tenure-stream faculty members in the College of Social Science, with final approval from the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science advisory committee.
7. Disciplinary Cognate
Complete a minimum of 12 credits in courses in one of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. Courses in the disciplinary cognate may not be used to satisfy the course requirements of the concentration. Students pursuing the Liberal Studies concentration above are not required to complete a disciplinary cognate.
Anthropology Cognate. In addition to the ANP 201 foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the following:
a. The following course:
ANP

206

Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
b. One of the following courses:
ANP 320 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANP 429 Ethnographic Field Methods 4
ANP 461 Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology 3
ANP 463 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology 3
ANP 464 Field Methods in Archaeology 3
c. One of the following courses:
ANP 321 Anthropology of Social Movements 3
ANP 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Anthropological 3
Approaches to Collective Identity
ANP 363 Rise of Civilization 3
ANP 370 Culture, Health, and Illness 3
ANP 420 Language and Culture 3
ANP 422 Religion and Culture 3
ANP 423 Psychological Anthropology 3
ANP 426 Urban Anthropology 3
ANP 430 Culture, Resources and Power 3
ANP 431 Gender, Environment and Development 3
ANP 436 Globalization and Justice: Issues in Political and Legal Anthropology 3
ANP 440 Hominid Fossils 3
ANP 441 Osteology and Forensic Anthropology 4
ANP 462 Frontiers and Colonization in Historical Archaeology 3
d. One of the following courses:
ANP 410 Anthropology of Latin America 3
ANP 411 North American Indian Ethnography 3
ANP 414 Anthropology of South Asia 3
ANP 415 China: Culture and Society 3
ANP 451 European Archaeology 3
ANP 452 North American Archaeology 3
Economics Cognate. In addition to the EC 201 foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the following:
a. The following course:
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
Economics 252H may be substituted for Economics 202.
b. Three courses in Economics at the 300-400 level 9
Geography Cognate. In addition to the GEO 204 foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the following:
a. One of the following courses:
GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
GEO 151 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
b. One of the following courses:
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
c. Complete one Geography course at the 300-level. 3
d. Complete one Geography course at the 400-level. 3
History Cognate. In addition to the HST 110 foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the following:
a. The following course:
HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
b. Complete 9 credits from one of the following areas with a minimum of 6 credits in 300-400 level courses:
Women, Gender and Family
HST 312 African American Women 3
HST 313 Women in the United States to 1869 3
HST 314 Women in the United States since 1869 3
HST 324 History of Sport in America 3
HST 412 Women in Modern European History 3
HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
HST 421 Women and Gender in Africa 3
HST 450 Special Topics in African History 3
HST 451 Special Topics in Asian History 3
HST 452 Special Topics in European History 3
HST 453 Special Topics in Latin American History 3
HST 454 Special Topics in American History 3
HST 455 Special Topics in Modern History 3
HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3
HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3
HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3
HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3

History 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 480, 483, 484, 485, 486 and 487 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of History.

U.S. Racial, Ethnic and Cultural History
HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
HST 312 African American Women 3
HST 317 American Jewish History 3
HST 319 Asian American History 3
HST 324 History of Sport in America 3
HST 327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States 3
HST 378 Native Americans in North American History to 1830 3
HST 379 Native Americans in North American History from 1830 3
HST 454 Special Topics in American History 3
HST 455 Special Topics in Modern History 3
HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3

History 454, 455, 480, and 487 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of History.

Political, Constitutional and Legal History
HST 302 Revolutionary America 3
HST 305 The Making of the Modern United States 3
HST 306 Modern United States 3
HST 318A United States Constitutional History to 1890 3
HST 318B United States Constitutional History from 1877 3
HST 351 Constitutional and Legal History of England since 1400 3
HST 452 Special Topics in European History 3
HST 454 Special Topics in American History 3
HST 455 Special Topics in Modern History 3
HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3

History 452, 454, 455, 480, 483, and 487 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of History.

Diplomacy and War
HST 304 The American Civil War 3
HST 325 United States Foreign Relations to 1914 3
HST 326 United States Foreign Relations since 1914 3
HST 390 History of International Relations 3
HST 392 History of the Holocaust 3
HST 414 World War II: Causes, Conduct and Consequences 3
HST 450 Special Topics in African History 3
HST 451 Special Topics in Asian History 3
HST 452 Special Topics in European History 3
HST 453 Special Topics in Latin American History 3
HST 454 Special Topics in American History 3
HST 455 Special Topics in Modern History 3
HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
HST 481 Seminar in Ancient History (W) 3
HST 482 Seminar in Medieval History (W) 3
HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3
HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3
HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3
HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3
HST 488 Seminar in International Relations (W) 3

History 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486 and 487 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of History.

The History of a Specific Area of the World - Africa
HST 360 African History to 1800 3
HST 361 African History since 1800 3
HST 364 South Africa: From Shaka Zulu to Mandela 3
HST 421 Women and Gender in Africa 3
HST 450 Special Topics in African History 3
HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3
The History of a Specific Area of the World - Asia
HST 209 Traditional East Asia 4
HST 210 Modern East Asia 4
HST 366 Southeast Asia in the Age of Empire 3
HST 367 Imperial China 3
HST 368 China since 1900 3
HST 369 Japan to 1800 3
HST 370 Japan since 1800 3
HST 451 Special Topics in Asian History 3
HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3
The History of a Specific Area of the World - Modern Europe
HST 335 Europe in the Age of Revolution, 1700-1870 3
HST 336 Contemporary Europe, 1870 to Present 3
HST 337 European Power, Culture, and Thought: Renaissance to Enlightenment 3
HST 338 European Power, Culture, and Thought: The Modern Era
HST 341 Modern Britain since 1688 3
HST 342 Modern Eastern Europe 3
HST 344 Russia in the Twentieth Century 3
HST 347 Modern France 3
HST 348 Modern Germany 3
HST 392 History of the Holocaust 3
HST 412 Women in Modern European History 3
HST 452 Special Topics in European History 3
HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
History 452 and 483 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of History.
The History of a Specific Area of the World - Latin America
HST 382 Modern Brazil 3
HST 383 The Caribbean 3
HST 384 Modern Mexico 3
HST 453 Special Topics in Latin American History 3
HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3
Political Science Cognate. In addition to the PLS 200  foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the requirements from one of the areas below:
Political Philosophy
a. Both of the following courses:
PLS 170 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
b. Two of the following courses:
PLS 371 Classical Political Philosophy 3
PLS 372 Modern Political Philosophy 3
PLS 377 American Political Thought 3
PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science(W) 4

Political Science 422 may be used only with approval from the  Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation  with the Department of Political Science.

American Political Institutions
a. Both of the following courses:
PLS 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
b. Two of the following courses:
PLS 301 American State Government 3
PLS 302 Urban Politics 3
PLS 310 Public Administration and Policy Making 3
PLS 320 Judicial Politics 3
PLS 321 Constitutional Law 3
PLS 324 Congress 3
PLS 325 The Presidency 3
PLS 331 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3
PLS 334 Campaigns and Elections 3
PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science (W) 4

Political Science 422 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of Political Science.

Global Issues in Politics
a. The following course:
PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
b. One of the following courses:
PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PLS 160 Introduction to International Relations 3
c. Two of the following courses:
PLS 322 Comparative Legal Systems 3
PLS 342 Comparative Political Economy 3
PLS 344 Politics of Developing Areas 3
PLS 351 African Politics 3
PLS 352 Latin American Politics 3
PLS 354 Politics of Asia 3
PLS 356 Politics of Europe and the European Union 3
PLS 357 Politics of English Speaking Democracies 3
PLS 358 Politics of the U.S.S.R. and its Successor States 3
PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science (W) 4
PLS 441 Islam and World Politics 4

Political Science 422 may be used only with approval from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science advisor, in consultation with the Department of Political Science.

Psychology Cognate. In addition to the PSY 101 foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the following:
a. The following course:
PSY 295 Data Analysis in Psychological Research 3
Students who have completed Statistics and Probability 315 should consult an academic advisor before completing this course.
b. Two of the following courses:
PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 235 Social Psychology 3
PSY 236 Personality 3
PSY 244 Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Childhood 3
PSY 255 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 270 Community Psychology 3
PSY 280 Abnormal Psychology 3
c. One Psychology course at the 300-400 level. 3
Sociology Cognate. In addition to the SOC 100 foundation course listed in item 3. above, complete the following:
a. Both of the following courses:
SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I 4
SOC 282 Methods of Social Research II 4
b. One of the following courses:
SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3
SOC 330 Social Stratification 3
c. One Sociology course at the 300-400 level. 3
Business Emphasis 
The Business Emphasis is available as an elective to students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies in social science. To enroll in the business emphasis, students must meet with an interdisciplinary studies in social science advisor.
Requirements for the Business Emphasis (12 credits)
Complete four of the following courses:
ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3
Accounting 230 is not open to students with credit in Accounting 202.