This multi-disciplinary major encourages students to examine a wide range of human experiences through the theories and methodologies of the social sciences. These disciplines seek to understand individuals, groups, social institutions, and societies, as well as the structure, culture, and functioning of the social world, with attention to changes wrought by historical, social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and global processes. Courses that can be used toward the social science major are offered by the Departments of Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology; social science courses in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies and in the American Studies Program can also count toward the social science major. (With prior approval, select offerings in other departments and programs may also be included.) The major comprises 7 units in one discipline (the primary area of concentration, or primary discipline) and 4 units in a second discipline (the secondary area of concentration, or secondary discipline). Social science majors must complete the senior project in their primary discipline; hence, they must satisfy the collateral requirements and prerequisites of the senior project course in their primary discipline, with any exception to be determined by the department chair of the primary area. Additionally, students must complete two General Education social science courses and/or elective social science courses in two different social science disciplines, both of which must be outside the primary and secondary areas of concentration. Students cannot double major or minor in either their primary or secondary area of concentration for the social science major. Finally, majors must complete all of the College of Arts and Sciences General Education requirements.
More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/academics/programs/social-science.php.
Student learning outcomes describe what students know, understand, and are able to do as a result of completing a degree program. The learning outcomes for this program are:
- Define/describe major concepts, theories, and principles from content domains and apply them to illustrate or explain social science phenomena.
- Critically evaluate relevant scholarly social science sources of information and integrate evidence from multiple sources to draw conclusions about social science phenomena.
- Apply appropriate social science research methodological tools to analyze and explain social science processes and outcomes and/or to critique existing explanations or methodologies.
- Design and execute an original, ethical social science research study to address significant questions in content domains.
- Write clear, concise scholarly social scientific prose in a manner consistent with current disciplinary standards.