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Morris Bulletin / Division Structure and Course Descriptions

Social Science Major

This interdisciplinary major is in the Division of the Social Sciences.

Objectives—This program offers a competency-based approach to social sciences study and provides preparation for teacher licensure. Rather than simply transmitting information through a predetermined set of courses, the program encourages the student to be an active learner and develop habits, attitudes, skills, and techniques that he or she may use throughout life—as citizen, professional, or individual. The program attempts to fit available educational experiences to the needs and interests of the individual student while helping each to attain proficiency in an area of concentration as well as in the various social science disciplines.

Competencies—The faculty of each field of study in the social sciences has established a set of minimum competencies that ask a student to understand the ways in which the discipline structures and advances knowledge, raises and answers analytical questions, and deals with competing theories and the changing nature of the field. Ordinarily, the student may acquire these competencies by successfully completing designated courses. In addition, each student, in consultation with an adviser from the Division of the Social Sciences, develops a set of competencies in an area of concentration within a single discipline or in an interdisciplinary area. An area of concentration might include advanced coursework, student-initiated projects, or participation in seminars. Statements of competencies required for the various fields of study and areas of concentration and ways of achieving proficiency are on file in the division office. Students should consult an adviser to plan their programs of study as soon as possible after declaring the major.

Advising and Evaluation—The student works closely with her or his adviser to plan a program that satisfies the required competencies in a chosen area of concentration and in the social science disciplines. The student's progress in fulfilling the competency requirements is recorded in a folder. Faculty members in each discipline certify attainment of competencies in their field, while a divisional committee for the social science major approves interdisciplinary competencies and oversees the operation of the program in general.

Program—While the programs of individual students may vary, based upon arrangements approved by the divisional committee for the social science major, the minimum competencies required for each discipline normally may be achieved by successful completion of the following courses: Anth 1100, 1110; Econ 1101, 1102, 1950; Geog 1000 or 3111; Hist 1200, 1500; Pol 1200; Pol 1100 or 1400; Psy 1201, 1202; Soc 1100; Soc 3601 or 3150 or 3230; and Math 1150 or equivalent proficiency in statistics approved by the divisional committee for the social science major. The area of concentration in a single social science discipline is individually developed in consultation with a social science adviser and usually will entail 15-25 credits beyond the minimums. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—Students seeking teacher licensure in the social studies must also take the required professional education courses including methods (SScE 3940) and student teaching in social studies. Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

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