Social Sciences: Social Science (B.S.)
University of Maryland University College
Contact: Jana Gordon—240-527-2711
The social science major provides breadth of knowledge in the social sciences through interdisciplinary study in areas such as anthropology, behavioral sciences, economics, gerontology, government and politics, psychology, and sociology and depth through focused study in a single area. It also offers depth and focus through selection of core courses in one social science area. Graduates in social science may pursue a variety of careers in which understanding of social science issues is important, including business administration, elder care, government, health services, law enforcement, human resources, and community service.
The student who graduates with a major in social science will be able to:
- Analyze issues, identify improvements, and recommend solutions using statistics, data analysis, and appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods for social science research and/or program evaluation.
- Communicate effectively to professional and nonprofessional individuals and groups through an appropriate media to provide information about social science research, services, or programs.
- Apply an understanding of the relationship between micro- and macro-level problems and issues to identify and evaluate individual and community needs.
- Analyze complex social problems and work towards realistic solutions using awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity, social factors, and global multicultural perspectives.
- Recognize and apply ethical principles and standards to support the professional responsibilities and conduct of social scientists in the workplace.
- Apply critical and creative thinking, information literacy, technology, and an interdisciplinary perspective to solve practical problems in the social sciences.
A degree with a major in social science requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).
For more information please visit UMUC’s Web site at www.umuc.edu/undergrad/ugprograms/socs.cfm.
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