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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Sciences, B.A.

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Effective Spring 2017 - The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences is not accepting any new students. Students interested in the Social Sciences may wish to pursue programs that address the Social Sciences such as the Political Science, B.A. , or the Anthropology and Sociology, B.A. , or consider an American Studies (Social Science) Minor  or Global Studies (Social Science) Minor  which can be taken while pursuing any major.  

Current students, please refer to the FAQ web page linked here to learn about the “teach out” process. Please meet with your Academic Advisor regarding your current Study Plan.

Students who major in the College of Arts and Sciences  B.A. in Social Sciences are exposed to an interdisciplinary curriculum of courses in the social sciences, e.g., anthropology/ sociology, applied economics, history, and political science. Emphasis is given to the common interdisciplinary pursuit of critical thinking as it is applied to the analysis of social problems. Special attention also is given to the study of cultural similarities and differences which define the human experience. Graduates of the program, depending upon their career goals and objectives, will have the theoretical understanding for graduate work in the social science disciplines and the practical skills that are highly in demand in government, public service, education, industry, and business.

A bachelor of arts in Social Sciences provides a strong background for students who are interested in the Master of Arts in Political and Justice Studies at GSU. It is recommended that students obtain a social science-based preparatory curriculum as required by the general education requirement. It is further recommended that students complete introductory courses in anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, and international relations. In lieu of this, students should seek their advisor’s assistance to find the appropriate courses to fulfill this requirement.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

General Education Requirement (37-41 Hours)

See Bachelor’s Degree Requirements  for general education requirements.

Required Courses (42 Hours)

Career Selectives (21 Hours)

Students, with the assistance of their advisor, will select an additional 21 hours of courses in the social sciences, policy studies, language, or a relevant field, with the degree of generalization and specialization that best suits their personal and professional goals.

The following courses are suggestive of what may be used:


Several courses are available via the Internet.

Electives (20 Hours)

Total - 120 Hours

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