Bachelor of Science in Social Science

The broad field of Social Sciences (SS) lends insight into law, constitutional government, basic understanding of the political systems, cultural and social construction of community, and what it means to be a citizen.  Social Science incorporate perspectives of both individual and collectivist human thought and behavior.  While the study focuses on a broad perspective of culture and human group interactions, it begins with an understanding of the individual and the self, both in and out of the context of the larger community.

Careers in Social Science

A bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences prepares students for a variety of career and graduate studies in areas such as political science, sociology, international business and finance, foreign policy and relations, human culture, various areas of human services, and preparation for Law school.  Faulkner’s B.S. degree in Social Sciences includes a strong emphasis on Political Science.  Political Science specialists are often employed in areas of political speech writing, polling and surveying, public policy development, and public administration.

Faulkner’s B.S. degree in Social Sciences is also a good choice for students interested in pursuing graduate work in Sociology and Cultural Studies.

Bachelor of Science in Social Science

Minor options include: Political Science, Sociology, History, and Psychology

Core Curriculum……………………………………………………………50

Christian Literacy [18 hours]

BI 1315         Biblical Worldview I
BI 1316         Biblical Worldview II
BI 2318        Understanding the Bible
BI 2319         Christian Ethics
BI 3311          Marriage and Family
BI 4311           Christian Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage Literacy [9 hours]

HU 2315          Western Tradition I2
HU 2355          Western Tradition II2
HU 2320          American Cultural Heritage

 Mathematical and Scientific Literacy [7 hours]

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours):

MH 1338         Finite Mathematics or higher1

Science Requirement (4 hours):

BIO 1300 or Higher with accompanying lab

Information and Communication Literacy [9 hours]

EH 1301           English Composition I1, 2
EH 1302           English Composition II1, 2
EH 2301 or EH 2303 or EH 23042

Personal and Social Literacy [7 hours]

Personal (7 hours)

PE 1300            Lifetime Fitness
FAF1111          Faulkner Foundations

Social Science (3 hours)

PS 2308            American Constitutional Government

Professional Literacy…………………………………………………… 60

 Departmental Requirements [24 hours]

PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology
SY 2328 Introduction to Sociology
SOS 2301 Cultural and Social Anthropology
HY 3303 African American History
PS 4311 Research and Writing Seminar
HY/HU 3360 World Regional Geography
PS 4350 or HY 4350 Internship

            Choose at least ONE Human Systems Elective:

SOS 3315 Theories of Human System Dynamics
COU 3370 Group Dynamics
PY 3360 Social Psychology
PY 4307 Industrial Organizational Psychology

Discipline Required Courses [36 hours]

*Students must declare at least one minor in History, Sociology, Psychology, or Political Science

History Elective Courses (Choose 18 hours for minor; Minimum 6 hours upper level)

HY 1301 Survey of United States History to 1877
HY 1302 Survey of United States History from 1877 to Present
HY 2303 World Civilization I
HY 2304 World Civilization II
HY 2306 History of Alabama
HY 3304 The Civil War and Reconstruction
HY 3305 Modern America
HY 3307 Non-Western Civilization
HY 3313 History of the Civil Rights Movement
HY 4301 Medieval Europe (476-1350)
HY 4302 Renaissance and Reformation Europe (1350-1648)
HY 4303 Early Modern Europe (1648-1870)
HY 4304 Modern Europe (1870-Present)
HY 4313 Historiography and the Philosophy of History 

Political Science Elective Courses (Choose 18 hours for minor)

PS 3312 Parties, Politics, and Elections
PS 3316 State and Local Government
PS 3330 Political Theory and Thought
PS 4311 American Foreign Policy
PS 4312 Comparative Government Institutions
PS 4330 Comparative Political Economy
PS 4340 International Relations

Sociology Elective Courses (Choose 18 hours for minor)

SY 2308 Introduction to Sociology*
SY 2390 Family Conflict and Violence
-or- SY 3311 Sociological Concepts of the Family
SY 3329 Sociological Theory
SY 3330 Introduction to Social Work
SY 3331 Social Welfare and Social Problems

Choose ONE Human Systems/Diversity Course

(SOS 2301*, COU 3370, PY 3360, PY 4307, SOS 3315*, or SOS 3303)

*Required for B.S. in Social Science degree under Department Requirements

Psychology Elective Courses (Choose 18 hours for minor)

PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology
PY 2301 Developmental Psychology
PY 3350 Research Methods (or approved sub)

Choose any THREE additional elective PY courses for minor:

 

Electives………………………………………………………………… 125

Free Electives (any advisor approved courses or transfers)

Total Hours……………………………………………………………………………122

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1Students may be required to take remedial courses in Math and English based on ACT or placement test scores
2Some courses in the CORE may be substituted with courses offered in the Great Books program
3 A minimum of 42 hours of upper level courses required for graduation
4An exit exam is required for graduation
5Two courses in foreign language are recommended