(Submit to Division Chair)


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




Social Science Major




See instructions given in separate document.


   I.     Introductory Statement:

This interdisciplinary major is in the Division of the Social Sciences.


  II.     Objectives:

Objective—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 concentration 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 1101—Principles of Economics

Econ 1112 – Principles of Macroeconomics

Econ 1951—Seminar for Social Science Majors

Geog 1001—Problems in Geography

or Geog 3111—Geography of Minnesota

Hist 1301—Introduction to United States History

Pol 1201—American Government and Politics

Psy 1051—Introduction to Psychology

Soc 1101—Introductory Sociology

Math 1601 Stat1601—Introduction to Statistics or equivalent

proficiency in statistics approved by the divisional committee

for the social science major.

Three to five courses in the area of concentration, which in a

single social science discipline is individually developed in

consultation with a social science adviser and usually entails

12-20 credits beyond the minimums.


The area of focus most often will be demonstrated by completing the minor in that discipline. Area of focus plans should be on file with the Social Sciences 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 Anthropology or Sociology at the 2xxx level or above.

§       Economics—in addition to Econ 1112 and 1951, the area of focus includes Econ 1111, 3201, 3202 and 6 additional credits in Econ at the 3xxx level 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 level 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 level or above. No more than 4 credits from each of Econ 490x or 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 Political Science, at least 8 of which need to be at the 3xxx level or higher.

§       Psychology—in addition to Psy 1051, the area of focus includes Psy 2001 (Research Methods in Psychology), and 14 additional credits in Psychology 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 (Introduction to Professional Conduct Codes, Legal Constraints, and Ethics in the Human Services).

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

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



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



  V.     Requirements for a Minor:




VI.     Requirements for Teacher Preparation:

Teacher Preparation Requirements

Students seeking teacher licensure in the social studies must

also take the required professional education courses,

including methods (SScE 4103) and student teaching in

social studies. Required courses may not be taken S-N

unless offered S-N only.


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 concentration focus and in the social science disciplines. Program plans need to be on file with the Division of Social Sciences office by the completion of a student's junior year.