The College of Social Science explicitly recognizes that many important and rewarding areas for study do not fit neatly within the boundaries of any single social science discipline, but rather overlap two or more such fields. The college also recognizes that many students do not wish to limit their undergraduate major studies to the specialization of a single disciplinary department or professional school. The interdisciplinary studies in social science major provides undergraduates with an interest in public policy, problem solving in society, and community engagement, the core of the mission of the College, a unique opportunity to shape their curriculum to develop interdisciplinary approaches to real world issues at the local, national, and global levels. The educational objectives of the major are to: develop students’ integrated judgment, advanced communication skills, analytical thinking, cultural awareness, and civic engagement; develop students’ understanding of social science approaches to the challenges and issues that face societies across space and time, and develop students’ ability to integrate disciplinary knowledge, skills, and methods to solve complex real world problems.
The college offers two broadly based, coherent, multidepartmental, undergraduate majors in interdisciplinary social science.
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science: Social Science Education