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Social Sciences Minor

A minor in social sciences allows you to explore the linkages among anthropology, psychology, sociology and communication and how these disciplines interpret community or world events.

The minor consists of 18 credits of coursework beyond the prerequisite course in an area of interest, including 12 elective credits with a common intellectual bond approved by your minor advisor. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum. Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Prerequisite Course

One of the following introductory social science courses:
  • AN 103 Introduction to Anthropology (Credits: 3)
  • CO 101 Introduction to Communication (Credits: 3)
  • EC 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics (Credits: 3)
  • PO 101 Introduction to Political Science and the American Government (Credits: 3)
  • SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (Credits: 3)

Required Courses

  • One of the following independent study or directed research courses:
    • Independent Study (AN 399 or CO 399 or EC 399 or SS 399; must complete 3 credits total)
    • AN 498 Directed Research in Anthropology (Credits: 3)
    • CO 498 Directed Research in Communications (Credits: 3)
    • EC 498 Directed Research in Economics (Credits: 3)
    • SO 498 Directed Research in Sociology (Credits: 3)
    • SS 498 Directed Research in Social Science (Credits: 3)
  • A course in research methods or statistical analysis such as
    • SS 221/222 Research Design & Statistical Analysis I and II (Credits: 8)
    • SS 400 Qualitative Methods in Social Science (Credits: 3)
    • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics (Credits: 3)
    • OT 521 Introduction to Applied Research Methods (Credits: 3)
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