B.A. in Social Sciences

B.A. in Social Sciences

(HEGIS 2201)

Dowling’s School of Arts and Sciences degree programs are constructed upon a well-rounded core curriculum of arts and humanities, natural science, math, and social sciences. These are the classic building blocks that ensure career versatility in an ever-changing world. The social sciences degree offers students a comprehensive understanding of their place in contemporary society, and the principles that govern its functioning. Students learn the relevant models of analysis of social issues and evaluate their application to the real world. For students interested in a career as a social worker, the social work concentration option will prepare you for the graduate studies required for this career.

Career Outcomes for Social Sciences Majors

Dowling’s social sciences degree program prepares you for diverse careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations, as well as for graduate study in social sciences, business, law, education, and social work. Your communications, analytical, and research skills will qualify you for a career as an anthropologist, archaeologist, research worker, and more.

The student is strongly advised to seek faculty input when developing a course plan that fulfills requirements for the major and/or Teacher Certification which is aligned with his/her future objectives. Teacher certification will require additional courses. If a student chooses psychology as his or her Group 1 option (18 credits), then the student must follow the same requirements outlined in the Psychology minor section of this catalog.

Students seeking certification to teach Social Studies at the secondary level must consult an education advisor.

College-Wide Requirements 9 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 42 credits

Group One Student must take 18 credits in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology 18 credits
Group Two Student must select additional courses from at least four of the following disciplines (but excluding the discipline elected in Group One): Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. At least 12 of these credits must be upper level courses beyond the introductory level. The following courses are considered introductory level courses: ANT 1001A, ANT 1002A, ECN 1001A, ECN 1003C, ECN 2002A , HST 1021C, HST 1022C, POL 1001C, POL 1011C, PSY 1001A, SOC 1001A, SOC 1002A. 24 credits
Minor Requirements 15-18 credits
Electives 18-21 credits

Total degree requirement: 120 credits

Social Sciences Major – Broad Option Requirements 42 Credits

ECN 1001A Introductory Macroeconomics 3
ECN 2002A Introductory Microeconomics 3
HST 1001C World History I 3
HST 1002C World History II 3
HST 1021C United States I 3
HST 1022C United States II 3
ECN 2149A Economic Geography  or
POL 1114A Political Geography 3
HST 2129A New York State 3
POL 2021C World Politics 3
PSY 1001A Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2016A Developmental Psychology II 3
SOC 2102C Self and Society 2: Class, Gender, Race, & Sexuality 3
 6 credits of History Electives The following courses are strongly recommended: 6
 HST 3020C The United States, 1945-68
 HST 3123C The Antebellum Years & the Civil War 1840-65
 HST 4181A Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1989

In order to pass the state certification exams for Social Studies teachers, students should replace their World Civilizations Core requirement with two additional History electives or one History elective and POL 2022C (Comparative Politics). They should take POL 1011C (American Politics) and POL 2102C (American Political Thought) for their Dynamics of Contemporary Society Core. One of the courses in Varieties of Human Experience Core should be ANT 3101C

Note: Total degree requirement is 120 credits.