Major Requirements

A student wishing to declare the Social Science Major must file a Declaration of Major form with the Registrar’s Office at least three semesters before graduation, summer not counting as a semester. During the final semester of study, a student will typically complete SOSCI 400, a required capstone course which provides a framework for undergraduate research within a seminar that promotes reflection on learning outcomes and on future studies, professional development, and personal goals following graduation.

Concentration: Business

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

MBE 100: Introduction to Economics 4
MBE 301: Principles of Management: A Project Approach 4
MBE 316: Marketing Principles* 4
MBE 333: International Business 4
MBE 400: Seminar in Managerial Ethics 4
Total 20

*Some courses may have prerequisites. See individual course descriptions.
*Alternative course work must be approved by facultyadvisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Criminal Justice

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

CJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
CJ 301: Criminology 4
CJ 350: Introduction to Social Research 4
CJ 387: Criminal Law 4
CJ 488: Senior Capstone 4
Total 20

*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Education

A student may choose Education as the primary concentration, but this course of study will not permit the student to be certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia to teach in the public schools. Students seeking teacher certification should confer with a member of the Education Department when considering the SOSCI major.

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

EDUC 225: Characteristics of the Learner 4
EDUC 319: Content Area Reading & Writing 4
EDUC 321: Literary Development & Assessment 4
SPED 371: Foundations/Legal/Ethical Issues in Special Education 4
INST 482: Issues in Education 4
Total 20

*Some courses may have prerequisites. See individual course descriptions.
*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: History

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

HIST 260: Introduction to Historiography 4
HIST 317: History of Virginia 4
HIST 323: Tudor England 4
HIST 351: Topics in World History
4
HIST 433: Globalization and Empire in American History 4
Total 20

*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor. *A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Political Science

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

POLS 239: American Political Thought 4
POLS 335: American Government

4

POLS 343: Public Administration 4
POLS 348: International Human Rights 4

POLS 373: Conflict Management

4
Total 20

*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor. *A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Psychology

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

PSY 205: Lifespan Development*
4
PSY 313: Clinical Neuropsychology

4

PSY 321: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
4
PSY 373: Child Development
4
PSY 388: Cognition
4
Total 20

*PSY 101 or 102 is required prerequisite. They can be included as lower social science elective. *Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor. *A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Recreation and Leisure Services - Therapy Track

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

REC 207: Leadership and Management of Sport, Recreation and Leisure Services 4
REC 406: Historical, Cultural and Professional Dimensions of Sport, Recreation and Leisure 4
RT 311: Disabilities & Recreational Therapy 4
RT 312: Recreational Therapy Management & Organization 4
RT 314: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Recreational Therapy 4
Total 20

*Some courses may have prerequisites. See individual course descriptions.
*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level

Concentration: Recreation and Leisure Services - Management Track

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

REC 207: Leadership and Management of Sport, Recreation and Leisure Services 4
REC 406: Historical, Cultural and Professional Dimensions of Sport, Recreation and Leisure 4
SRM 340: Sport, Recreation, and Facility Management Principles 4
SRM 341: Sport & Recreation Program and Event Principles 4
Select two of the following:
SRM 343: Administration of Campus Recreation
SRM 344: Outdoor Recreation and Education
SRM 345: Ropes Course and Group Facilitation Methods
SRM 346: Commercial Sport and Recreation
SRM 347: Fitness Instructor Training
SRM 348: Maui Sea to Sky: The Impact of Adventure Travel on Culture and the Environment
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Total 24

*Some courses may have prerequisites. See individual course descriptions.
*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required. At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Social Welfare

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

SW 201: Introduction to Social Work 4
SW 302: Legislation, Policy and Administration 4
SW 336: Lifespan Development and Behavior 4
SW 400: Social Work Methods with Groups & Communities 4
SW 450: Research Methods in Social Work 4
Total 20

*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary disciplinerequired.
*At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Concentration: Sociology

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.
SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC 345: Foundations of Sociology 4
SOC 350: Introduction to Social Research 4
SOC 353: Applied Sociology 4
SOC 489: Senior Intergrative Assessment 4
Total 20

*Alternative course work must be approved by faculty advisor.
*A total of 20 semester hours in primary discipline required.
*At least sixteen hours must be at the 300/400 level.

SOSCI Majors must choose TWO Secondary Concentrations from the choices below:

Secondary Concentrations

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Requires 8 hours each at the 300/400 level from TWO of the following disciplines:

Business
Criminal Justice
Education/Special Education (does not lead to Teacher Certification)
History
Political Science
Psychology
Recreation and Leisure Services
Social Work
Sociology

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Take at least one course designated as a “research course.” This course may be taken in either the primary or secondary concentration. Research courses include:

SW 450;
HIST 314, 325, 347, 352, 353, 412, 417, 418, 426, 428, 433, 460;
INST 482;
MBE 334;
POLS 265;
PSY 210;
SOC/CJ 350;
SOC 345, 351, 480.
Prerequisites or consent may be required to register for some of these courses.

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Additional Required Courses:
SOSCI 200: Integrated Learning in Social Science
SOSCI 400: Senior Seminar: Social Science
Social Science Elective (any level/any social science discipline
 

*May not be the same as Primary Concentration or Secondary Concentration Two