Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees

To ensure an appropriately broad and well-balanced education, all undergraduates enrolled in the College of Social Science must satisfy the following subject matter and credit distribution requirements, in addition to the graduation requirements of the University as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog.

The following restrictions pertain to all courses taken in fulfillment of requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the College of Social Science:

  1. Courses applied to the university requirements in Integrative Studies and Mathematics may not also be counted toward the college graduation requirements.
  2. Unless otherwise noted, no more than two courses offered by a student’s major department or school may be counted toward the college requirements.
  3. Only credits in courses graded on the numerical or Pass-No Grade system may be counted toward college and major requirements, i.e. courses taken in satisfaction of college and major requirements may not be taken on a Credit-No Credit basis.
  4. Not more than 4 credits of independent study, internship, field experience, or practicum courses may be used to fulfill the college requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
  5. Complete the requirements of a major of no fewer than 30 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average for courses in the major.
     
    All candidates must meet the following requirements:
    Bachelor of Arts
    1. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING REQUIREMENT
      All students must complete an experiential learning requirement.  The experiential learning requirement may be satisfied either within or outside the requirements of the major.  The requirement may be met by completing a 3 or 4-credit experiential learning course, approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  A list of approved courses will be maintained by the College of Social Science.  The experiential learning requirement is designed to ensure that each undergraduate student will have the opportunity to enhance problem-solving and integrative reasoning skills through practice outside of the traditional classroom learning environment.  Study abroad and study away experiences, internships, service learning and civic engagement experiences, undergraduate research, including, in appropriate cases, honors theses, and entrepreneurship experiences can meet this requirement.  The requirement may also be met through a non-credit experience, for example, an undergraduate research experience mentored by a faculty member, if approved in advance by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.
    2. INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR REQUIREMENT
      Complete a minimum of 15 credits in one Interdisciplinary Minor from a list of minors approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy.  Minors approved for this requirement include: African Studies; Asian Studies; The City: Environment, Design and Society; Law, Justice, and Public Policy; Leadership of Organizations; Human Behavior and Social Services; Youth and Society.  Other interdisciplinary minors can meet this requirement if approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.
    3. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT
      Complete a minimum of 6 credits in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses from a list of courses approved and maintained by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy. Most courses offered in the College of Natural Science and the College of Engineering count toward this requirement.  Other courses approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy can meet this requirement. For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.  A department or school may require its majors to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas to satisfy this requirement.  The requirement may be satisfied either within or outside the requirements of the major or within the interdisciplinary minor.  Mathematics 1825, 100E, and 290 may not apply to this requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
    4. DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
      1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered at the 300 level and above. Courses offered by the student’s major department or school may be used to satisfy this requirement.
      2. A maximum of 12 credits of independent study may be applied to the degree.
      3. A maximum of 12 credits of internship, field experience, or practicum credits may be applied to the degree.
      4. The total of independent study, internship, field experience, and practicum credits applied to the degree may not exceed 20 credits.
         
Bachelor of Science
  1. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING REQUIREMENT
    All students must complete an experiential learning requirement.  The experiential learning requirement may be satisfied either within or outside the requirements of the major.  The requirement may be met by completing a 3 or 4-credit experiential learning course, approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  A list of approved courses will be maintained by the College of Social Science.  The experiential learning requirement is designed to ensure that each undergraduate student will have the opportunity to enhance problem-solving and integrative reasoning skills through practice outside of the traditional classroom learning environment.  Study abroad and study away experiences, internships, service learning and civic engagement experiences, undergraduate research, including, in appropriate cases, honors theses, and entrepreneurship experiences can meet this requirement.  The requirement may also be met through a non-credit experience, for example, an undergraduate research experience mentored by a faculty member, if approved in advance by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.
  2. INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR REQUIREMENT
    Complete a minimum of 15 credits in one Interdisciplinary Minor from a list of minors approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy.  Minors approved for this requirement include: African Studies; Asian Studies; The City: Environment, Design and Society; Law, Justice, and Public Policy; Leadership of Organizations; Human Behavior and Social Services; Youth and Society.  Other interdisciplinary minors can meet this requirement if approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.
  3. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT
    Complete a minimum of 12 credits in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses from a list of courses approved and maintained by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy. Most courses offered in the College of Natural Science and the College of Engineering count toward this requirement.  Other courses approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy can meet this requirement. For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.  A department or school may require its majors to complete more than 12 credits to satisfy this requirement.  The requirement may be satisfied either within or outside the requirements of the major or within the interdisciplinary minor.  Mathematics 1825, 100E, and 290 may not apply to this requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  4. ARTS AND HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT
    Complete a minimum of 6 credits in Arts and Humanities from a list of courses approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy.  Most courses offered in the College of Arts and Letters count toward this requirement.  Other courses approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy can meet this requirement.  A list of approved courses is maintained by the College of Social Science.  For further information, consult the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Social Science or an academic advisor in a department or school.  A department or school may require its majors to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas to satisfy this requirement.  The requirement may be satisfied either within or outside the requirements of the major or within the interdisciplinary minor.
  5. DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
    1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered at the 300 level and above. Courses offered by the student’s major department or school may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    2. A maximum of 12 credits of independent study may be applied to the degree.
    3. A maximum of 12 credits of internship, field experience, or practicum credits may be applied to the degree.
    4. The total of independent study, internship, field experience, and practicum credits applied to the degree may not exceed 20 credits.