2019-2020 Catalog

Social Science, Associate of Arts

Social Science is the scientific study of human society and social relationships, emphasizing the institutions and functions of societies, as well as the interpersonal relationships of individuals as members of society. Social Scientists use the scientific method to examine cultures throughout the world, the nature of political and economic organizations and social structures, and the biological, cognitive, and intrapersonal aspects of human behavior. Through courses in Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, this program strives to give students the social science knowledge and skills that promote an interdisciplinary understanding of human society and the natural world. Students select four areas of emphasis, and plan a course of study to prepare for a variety of professional and career interests.  Ideally, students will create a cohesive program with a thematic connection in collaboration with their faculty advisor. A Social Science degree opens up opportunities in several occupations in the fields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, library science, et cetera. Possible careers include: anthropologist, social studies teacher, research analyst, lawyer, social scientist, social worker, government civil servant, legislative aide, management consultant, counselor, editor, and more. Keep in mind additional education (i.e. a bachelor’s or master’s degree) may be a prerequisite for careers in the social science field.
 

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

APPROVED HUMANITIES COURSE

3-4

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

3

SOCIAL SCIENCE FIRST AREA EMPHASIS

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.
  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251), or American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000).
  • MATH 1400 or higher.
  • Humanities: Students may select from ART 2010, 2020; COMM 1030; ENGL 2230, 2250, 2340; HIST 1320, 1330; HUMN 1010; PHIL 1000, 2300, 2315; THEA 1000. Students may take any foreign language to complete this requirement as long as a 1-year sequence is completed. American Sign Language and Native American Languages are not considered foreign languages.
  • Social Science First area of emphasis: See advisor to determine appropriate areas of emphasis in Social Science. ANTH, CRMJ, ECON, HIST, POLS and PSYC are all possibilities.

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

4

APPROVED HUMANITIES COURSE

3-4

STAT 2070STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE

4

SOCIAL SCIENCE SECOND AREA EMPHASIS

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • Approved Science course: BIOL 1010/11 is the preferred choice, yet GEOL 1100/01, CHEM 1000/01 may fulfill the requirement.
  • Humanities: See note under Freshman Year - Fall Semester.
  • STAT 2070 is the preferred option, but STAT 2050 may also fulfill this requirement.
  • Social Science Second area of emphasis: See note under Freshman Year - Fall Semester concerning areas of emphasis, then speak with advisor.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    APPROVED APPLIED ARTS

    3

    ANTH 1300INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

    3

    OR

    ANTH 1100BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    4

    APPROVED SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE FIRST AREA EMPHASIS

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE THIRD AREA EMPHASIS

    3

    Total Credit Hours:15-16

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

    • Social Science First and Third areas of emphasis: See note under Freshman Year - Fall Semester; speak with advisor to ensure you are properly taking courses from appropriate areas of emphasis.
    • Applied Arts: Students may select from ART 1150, ART 1160, COMM 2010, THEA 1100 to fulfill this requirement.
    • Approve Social Science/Global Studies: Students may select from ANTH 1200, ANTH 1300, HIST 1320, HIST 1330, POLS 1200, POLS 2310 to fulfill this requirement.

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    BUSINESS ELECTIVE

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE OR HUMANITIES

    3

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    SOCIAL SCIENCE FIRST AREA EMPHASIS

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE SECOND AREA EMPHASIS

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE THIRD AREA EMPHASIS

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE FOURTH AREA EMPHASIS

    3

    Total Credit Hours:18

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes:

    • Business (or Technology) elective: Students may select from BADM 1000; CMAP 1705, 1750, 1800, 1860, 1905, 2600 to fulfill this requirement. Students may also opt to explore a Topics course (any 2490 or other topics designation).
    • Social Science/Humanities/Diversity course: Students may select from ENGL 2340, HIST 2290, SOC 1080, or SOC 2350.
    • Social Science areas of emphasis: Make sure you have taken the proper Social Science courses per each area of emphasis.

    Total Credit Hours: 64-65