Social Science Major
A special interdisciplinary Social Science major is available. It includes courses from disciplines such as history, economics, political science, geography, psychology, sociology, or anthropology. Students can obtain the appropriate curriculum guides from the School of Education, Office of Registration and Records, or the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office.
Before taking advanced course work required for the Social Science major, the student should complete at least one year in each of the required disciplines. In addition, students should complete course work in economics and world history.
Students who wish to prepare for high school teaching should make this intention known to the School of Education before entering their junior year to ensure that state teacher certification requirements are met.
Major: Social Science
Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122
General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree
- A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
- General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
|First Year Experience (F)||1|
|Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)|
|College Composition I|
|College Composition II|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Upper Division Writing †
|Quantitative Reasoning (R) †||3|
|Science and Technology (S) †||10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (A) †||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) †||6|
|Wellness (W) †||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D) *†|
|Global Perspectives (G) *†|
May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.
May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study, a second major, or a second degree is required.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree – Second year language proficiency at college level required.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Requirements
An additional 9 credits are required by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs of study, except the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree:
|AH&SS College Requirements|
Courses used to satisfy any general education requirement cannot be used to also count toward the AH&SS College Requirements. A minimum of three credits is required in each of the 3 following areas for a total of 9 credits. Choose only those courses with the prefixes listed for each area. A course with the WGS prefix can only be used in one area.
|Area One: Humanities||3|
ARB, ENGL, FREN, GERM, HIST, HUM, PHIL, RELS, SPAN, or WGS
|Area Two: Social Sciences||3|
ANTH, CJ, COMM, EMGT, POLS, SOC, or WGS
|Area Three: Fine Arts||3|
ARCH, ART, ENVD, LA, MUSC, or THEA
|Social Science Major Requirements|
|History||US HIST at 400 level||6|
|Psychology||PSYC at 300-400 Level||6|
|Sociology||SOC at 300-400 Level||6|
|Political Science: Select 2 from the following:||6|
|Political Behavior-Executive-Legislative Process|
|Political Behavior-Political Parties|
|State and Local Politics|
|ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy a general education category B and G)||3|
|or ECON 202||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Senior Capstone Experience||1-3|
The Senior Capstone experience must be completed in one of the following departments: HISTORY, ECONOMICS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY OR SOCIOLOGY / ANTHROPOLOGY. A capstone course completed for a second major in History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology / Anthropology can be used to satisfy the Social Science major capstone requirement.