Program Coordinator: Dr. Marvin Pippert
Curriculum Guide Sheet (pdf)
This interdisciplinary major in Social Science covers courses in sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and history. Social scientists study human, human culture, and the relationship between humans and their environment—in other words, the total human experience. The variety of courses offered in this interdisciplinary major allows students to enter fields including, but not limited to, health care support systems, criminal justice, civil rights analysis, employee relations, community development, library science, and both governmental and non-governmental agencies.
What is the difference between the Social Science major and the Sociology major?
The Sociology major at Alice Lloyd is designed for students wishing to prepare for a graduate degree in Sociology. The degree relies heavily on courses in research, theory, and applied sociology.
The Social Science major is intended for students who may not plan to go to graduate school but would like to work in the service sector where a strong background in sociology, as well as advanced courses in economics, psychology, and political science, would be an advantage. Many employees in these fields do not require the sociology degree, but some look for at least 30 credit hours in sociology which this major provides. The graduate with a Social Science major may still attend graduate school if academic standing permits.
Students may not double major in Sociology and Social Science, because there is not enough difference in the two majors to justify giving two degrees. The student must decide on one or the other no later than their senior year.
What Are the Requirements for the Social Science Major?
Social Science majors should take SSCI 101 or SOC 101 as the foundation course for the major.
Although there seems to be a large number of courses required for this major (63 credit hours total), several may be taken during your first two years of fulfilling your General Education Requirements and will count toward fulfillment of these requirements and the major requirements. Up to 24 credit hours could be accrued in this manner. Note that you only receive credit for completing the requirement when “double dipping”; you do not receive double credit hours. Some of these courses are:
SOC 101, 102, 211
SSCI 101, 110
POLS 111, 112
Social Science Major Requirements
Students should become familiar with the requirements for their individual programs and work with their advisors to ensure that all degree requirements will be met. A guide sheet is extremely helpful in academic planning. Students wishing to major in Social Science can access a downloadable version (pdf) of the guide sheet at the top of this page, or he or she may obtain one from his or her Faculty Advisor or from the Registrar. The student has the ultimate responsibility for seeing that all academic requirements are being met.
General Education Requirements / 52 hours
Institutional – 18 hours: CIS 110, COMM 126, ENG 101, ENG 102, LE 101, PE 103
Humanities: 12 hours
Social Sciences: 12 hours
Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 12 hours
Social Science Major Requirements / 63 hours
- Economics / 6 hours
- History / 6 hours
Choose 6 hours from 300-400 level courses.
- Political Science / 6 hours
Choose three hours from: POLS 111, 112 (required)
Choose three more hours from the Political Science curriculum, as long as the prerequisites are met.
- Psychology / 6 hours
PSY 101 (prerequisite for all other Psychology courses)
Choose three more hours from the Psychology curriculum, as long as the prerequisites are met.
- Social Science / 9 hours
SSCI 489 Senior Seminar (required) – junior or senior year only
Choose 6 more hours from the Social Science curriculum.
- Sociology / 30 hours
Required (9 hours): SOC 101, SOC 370, SOC 461
Choose 21 hours from the Sociology curriculum, as long as the prerequisites for each course are met.
General Electives / sufficient to total 128 hours for graduation
Students are encouraged to consider courses that can lead to a second major or a minor. An emphasis in History, including the history of non-western societies, is a strong choice for this major. ENG 304 (Technical Writing) would enhance the student’s preparation for writing grant proposals, which are often necessary in the social science professions. Literature courses and Philosophy courses broaden the mind and offer the student a wealth of understanding and/or tolerance for the human condition. When selecting an elective, however, the important first consideration is that the student seek out an academic experience that he or she will enjoy.
Suggested Course Sequence
Freshman Year First Semester:
MATH 110, 112, 113, 125
Freshman Year Second Semester:
Social Science Elective
Sophomore Year First Semester:
Political Science Elective
Sophomore Year Second Semester:
A Physical Science
Junior Year First Semester:
Social Science Elective
Junior Year Second Semester:
Political Science Elective
Senior Year First Semester:
Senior Year Second Semester:
*It is recommended that students intending to enter graduate school in Psychology take SOC 371, “Statistics for the Social Sciences,” which is usually a prerequisite for graduate work in psychology.
Recommended Books for the Social Science Major’s Library
The student of Social Science should begin to accumulate their own library of reference works, including those classics of sociology, political science and economics that come up again and again in course work as well as in research. It is very helpful to have a few general reference works of one’s own such as:
The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (paperback) – Brian S. Turner (editor)
Classical Sociological Theory (Blackwell Readers in Sociology) (paperback) – Craig Calhoun (editor), Joseph Garteis (editor), James Moody (editor), Steven Pfaff (editor), Indermohan Virk (editor)
Sociology Laminate Reference Chart: The Basic Principles for Sociology for Introductory Courses (Quickstudy: Academic) [Loose Leaf] – Wayne Mayhall (editor)
National Geographic’s Book of Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures – Wade Davis, K. David Harrison, and Catherine Herbert Howell (editors)
a World Atlas
All of the above may be purchased through Amazon.com, either new or used.