Curriculum Committee

Form B


Rev: 07/2004


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University of Minnesota, Morris


Curriculum Committee Form B:

Discipline Objectives and Requirements


All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.



Discipline/Division: Social Science Major



I.   Introductory Statement:  This interdisciplinary major is in the Division of Social Sciences.


II.  Objectives:       Students will understand how each social science discipline structures and advances knowledge, raises and answers analytical questions, and deals with competing theories and the changing nature of the field. Students develop an area of focus in a single discipline or an interdisciplinary social science area within the major.


III.            Assessment:      


IV. Requirements for a Major:

Program—While the programs of individual students may vary, based upon arrangements approved by the divisional committee for the social science major, the minimum competencies required for each discipline normally may be achieved by completion of the following courses:


Anth 1111—Introductory Cultural Anthropology

Econ 1112—Principles of Macroeconomics

Econ 1951—Seminar for Social Science Majors

Geog 1001 2001—Problems in Geography

Hist 1301—Introduction to United States History

Pol 1201—American Government and Politics

Psy 1051—Introduction to Psychology

Soc 1101—Introductory Sociology

Stat 1601—Introduction to Statistics or equivalent proficiency in statistics approved by the divisional committee for the social science major


Courses with grades of D may not be used to meet the major requirements.


The area of focus most often is demonstrated by completing the minor in that discipline. Area of focus plans should be on file with the Social Sciences Division Office by the end of a student's junior year. Individual plans can be devised, but the total number of introductory and upper-level credits will be similar to that found among minors in the Social Sciences:


Anthropology—in addition to Anth 1111, the area of focus includes Anth 2101, Anth 3411, and 12 additional credits in Anth or Soc at 2xxx or above.


Economics—in addition to Econ 1112 and 1951, the area of focus includes Econ 1111, 3201, 3202, Math 1101, and 6 additional credits in Econ at 3xxx or above. No more than 4 credits from each of Econ x993 or Econ 490x can be applied to the area of focus.


History—in addition to Hist 1301, the area of focus includes Hist 1101 or 1102 and four additional courses of which at least three are at 2xxx or higher. There should be evidence of work in at least two different geographic areas.


Management—in addition to Econ 1112, the area of focus includes Econ 1111, Mgmt 2101, 2102, 10 additional credits in Mgmt courses at 3xxx or above. No more than 4 credits from each of Econ 490x 4501or Mgmt x993 can be applied to the area of focus.


Political Science—in addition to Pol 1201, the area of focus includes Pol 1101 and 16 additional credits in Pol, at least 8 of which need to be at 3xxx or higher.


Psychology—in addition to Psy 1051, the area of focus includes Psy 2001, and 14 additional credits in Psy at 3xxx or higher, 4 credits of which need to be from Psy 3101, 3111, 3112, 3201, or 3211. Students not enrolled in the secondary education program must also complete IS 4101.


Sociology—in addition to Soc 1101, the area of focus includes Soc 3101, either Soc 3401 or 3402, and 12 more credits in Soc. Soc 4991 is highly recommended.


Women's Studies—the area of focus requires WoSt 1101, 1111 and a minimum of 12 credits, selected from at least three disciplines, from the courses listed under the Women's Studies major.  



V. Requirements for a Minor:      


VI.            Requirements for Teacher Preparation:      

Students seeking teaching licensure in social studies 5-12 should refer to the Education, Secondary (SeEd) section of this catalog.


VII. Other heading (include heading title) :

Advising and Evaluation—Students work closely with their advisers to plan a program that satisfies the required competencies in a chosen area of focus and in the social science disciplines. Program plans must be on file with the Social Sciences Division Office by the completion of a student's junior year.


Course Descriptions

Anth 1111f,s. Introductory Cultural Anthropology. (SS; 4 cr)

Varieties and range of human behavior as revealed through the comparative study of cultures throughout the world. Concepts developed by anthropologists to explain both the unity and diversity of humankind.


Econ 1112f,s. Principles of Macroeconomics. (SS; 4 cr; prereq high school algebra or #)

Introduction to basic economic problems, concepts, and theoretical models. U.S. economic institutions and the economic organization of society. The role of markets in the production and distribution of societal resources. Measurement of economic performance; national income, inflation and unemployment; competing macroeconomic theories and stabilization policies.


Econ 1951f,s. Seminar for Social Science Majors. (1 cr; prereq 1111, 1112; no cr for students who are concurrently enrolled in or have received cr for 3xxx Econ courses; S-N only)

Familiarization with various journals, periodicals, and sources of statistical information that deal with current developments in economics.


Geog 1001 2001s. Problems in Geography. (Envt; 4 cr; offered when feasible)

Basic concepts and questions of geography. The terminology of geography; some modern trends in geography; interpretation of geographical data; select problems of human, physical, economic, and cultural geography.

and approaches of geographical inquiry and analysis, with emphasis on the spatial patterns and arrangements of human interaction with the landscape and the production of geographical knowledge.


Hist 1301f. Introduction to U.S. History. (Hist; 4 cr)

Methods, themes, and problems in the study of the history of the United States.


Pol 1201f,s. American Government and Politics. (E/CR; 4 cr)

Analysis of principles, organization, procedures, and powers of government in the United States. The federal system, national constitution, civil and political rights, party system; nature, structure, powers, and procedures of legislative, executive, and judicial departments of the national government.


Psy 1051f. Introduction to Psychology. (SS; 4 cr)

An introduction to the science of mind and behavior. Topics include history of psychology, research methods, biological bases for behavior, life span development, sensation and perception, learning, cognitive and social processes, personality, psychopathology, and applications of psychology. Includes laboratory/discussion sessions.


Soc 1101f,s. Introductory Sociology. (SS; 4 cr)

Basic concepts, theories, and methods of sociology; survey of some of the institutional areas in which sociologists specialize.


Stat 1601f,s. Introduction to Statistics. (M/SR; 4 cr; prereq high school higher algebra)

Scope, nature, tools, language, and interpretation of elementary statistics. Descriptive statistics; graphical and numerical representation of information; measures of location, dispersion, position, and dependence; exploratory data analysis. Elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous probability models. Inferential statistics, point and interval estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses. Inferences involving one and two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-squared tests; use of statistical computer packages.