2002 - 2003 Social Science Program

Objectives | Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Composite Teaching Major

Faculty: Paul Presson (Psychology, Chair), Mike Gaschler (Sociology), Patricia Gay (Psychology), Gita Rakhsha (Psychology), Gretchen Siegler (Anthropology), Barbara Smith (Psychology), Charles Tripp (Political Science, Prelaw Advisor), Janine Wanlass (Psychology)

The Social Science Program offers academic majors and minors, a composite teaching major, an emphasis and a course area. Majors include Political Studies, Psychology, Social Science, and Sociology. Academic minors are offered in Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, and Sociology. Students can complete a composite teaching major in Social Science or focus on a prelaw emphasis. For course listings and program requirements, please refer to the individual major sections.

Social Science (SSCI)

Objectives

Social Science offers an academic major and a composite teaching major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an academic minor. The curriculum objective of this program is to provide students with a strong interdisciplinary background supplying the conceptual tools needed to analyze, evaluate, criticize, and comprehend behavioral, social, and cultural patterns. The Social Science majors and minor share course work from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the social science academic major and minor and the composite teaching major. Students choosing a double major or minor within Social Science may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed as "required classes" for both majors/minors may be applied to both.

A minimum of twelve credit hours of social science course work must be completed at Westminster.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Social Science major.

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science, LE
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE
or
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE




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4


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Social Science majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Social Science Courses

24

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)

ECON 105 Intro. to Economics as a Social Science, LE
MATH 150 Elemenatry Statistics, LE

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE (4)
or
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE (4)

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE



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4

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4

III.

Upper Division Social Science Courses

16

PSYC 390 Research Methods
Additional Social Science coursework
(Of the 12 credits, students must take a minimum of 4 credits each in three of the following four fields: ANTH, PLSC, PSYC, or SOC. Coursework must be numbered 300 or above.)

4
12



IV.

Electives

4

Four hours of course work in ANTH, PLSC, SOC, or PSYC

4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

52

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

16

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)
or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE (4)
or
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE (4)

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE



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4

4
4

II.

Electives

8

Additional Social Science course work (4 hours must be numbered 300 or above)

8

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

24

Composite Teaching Major

The social science composite teaching major is an interdisciplinary major consisting of course work from history, political science, psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, and geography.

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Social Science Teaching major.

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science, LE
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE




4
4
4
4
4


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Social Science Teaching majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Social Science Courses

23

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science
ESS 101 Introduction to Geography
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE

4
4
3
4
4
4

III.

Upper Division Social Science Courses

17

SOC 450 Methods of Teaching Social Sciences
SOC Course work numbered 300 or above

3
14

IV.

Electives

6

Additional Social Science course work (from ANTH, PSYC, PLSC, SOC)

6

V.

Teaching Minor in History

21

In addition to the Composite Teaching Major, a teaching minor in History is required. Specific course selection should be made in consultation with the education faculty.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING COMPOSITE MAJOR

75