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.


Date:   September 27, 2006

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.  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.


IV.  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:


Requirements for a Major:


Anth 1111—Introductory Cultural Anthropology

Econ 1112—Principles of Macroeconomics

Econ 1951—Seminar for Social Science Majors

Geog 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/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.  Areas of focus plans should be on file with the Social Science Office by the end of a studentŐs 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.

Athropology—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, with at least one of these in a non-Western area.


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 4501 or Mgmt x993 can be applied to the area of focus.


Political Science—in addition to Pol 1201, the area of focus includes 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 18 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. from the courses listed below, with at least one course from four of the five following areas.  At least one must be a designated lab course:

1.  Psy 3101­Learning Theory and Behavior Modification

     Psy 3111­Sensation and Perception

     Psy 3112­Cognition


2.  Psy 3201 - Comparative Psychology

Psy 3211 – Biological Psychology

Psy 3221 – Behavioral Biology of Women

Psy 3521 – Health Psychology


3.  Psy 3302 – Personality

Psy 3313 – Psychopathology

Psy 4101 – Helping Relationships


4.  Psy 2411 – Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Psy 3401 – Developmental Psychology I:  Child Psychology

Psy 3402 - Developmental Psychology II:  Adolescence

Psy 3403 - Developmental Psychology III:  Adulthood, Aging, and Death

Psy 3051 – Psychology of Women and Gender


5.  Psy 3501 – Social Psychology

Psy 3502 – Psychology and Law

Psy 3513 – Negotiation

Psy 3541 – Cultural and Cross-cultural Psychology

Psy 3701 – Organizational Behavior

Psy 3702 – Personnel Psychology

Pol 3263 – Political Psychology


Additional elective credits to total at least 26 credits in the Psychology area of focus (including required courses). Electives may be selected from any category above, and the following:

Psy 3611- History and Philosophy of Psychology

Psy 4896 - Field Experiences in Psychology

Psy 3993, 4993 ­- Directed Study

Stat 3601 -­ Data Analysis

Stat 3611 -­ Multivariate Statistics

IS 3800 -­ Practicum in the Social Sciences

IS 4101 – Introduction to Professional Conduct Codes, Legal Constraints, and Ethics in the Human Services

Psy 3800 - Research Practicum


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 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):


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

Basic concepts and questions in the field of geography. The terminology 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.