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Lake Superior State University

Social Science: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description

The social science degree helps prepare students to be effective citizens and develops skills useful in various employment areas, both in the public and private sectors. Both degree programs allow you to take a large number of electives, providing flexibility in accommodating a number of career plans.

Degree Requirements

Major Area Requirements:

Introductory Sequences (27-31 credits)

Students must select four full-year introductory sequence courses from the following six areas:

  • Economics 6
  • Geography 8
  • History 8
  • Political Science 8
  • Psychology 7
  • Sociology 6

Lower-level Courses from the Six Areas of the Major (9 credits)

  • Students must choose at least nine credits from the 100-200 level in the six areas.

Upper-level Courses from the Six Areas of the Major (21 credits)

  • Students must choose 21 credits from the 300-400 level offerings in the six areas. No more than 12 credits can be in any one discipline.

Methodology courses (5-7 credits)

Students choose one course from List A and one course from List B:

List A: Statistics (choose one)

  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science
  • PSYC210 Statistics
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics

List B: Methods (choose one)

  • SOCY202 Social Research Methods
  • PSYC212 Experimental Psychology
  • HIST496 Historical Methods

Minor or Cognate: To earn a bachelor of arts degree, students must take eight credits of a foreign language as well as an additional 12 approved credits from English, humanities, speech, journalism or philosophy (beyond general education requirements).

For a bachelor of science degree, students will take an approved minor in natural science or social science (20-28 credits).

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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