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. Namely, the student must select courses under each of the six (6) specified areas of work.

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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 2002A, ECN 1003A, HST 1021A, HST 1022A, POL 1001A, POL 1011A, PSY 1001A, PSY 1002A, 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

ANT Anthropology elective 3
ECN 1001A Introductory Macroeconomics 3
ECN 2002A Introductory Microeconomics 3
ECN 2149A Economic Geography 3
HST 1021C United States I 3
HST 1022C United States II 3
HST 2051A East Asian Civilization I 3
HST 2052A East Asian Civilization II 3
HST 2129A New York State 3
POL 1114 U.S. Political Geography 3
POL 1011 American Government and Politics 3
POL 1022 Comparative Politics 3
SOC 1002A Introduction to Sociology II 3
SOC 3175A Social Impact of Computers and Information Technology 3

Note: Total degree requirement is 120 credits.

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