General Social Science Major
The general social science major is a multidisciplinary program, encompassing courses in 12 departments: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Social Science students learn to analyze and critically examine social, political, cultural, and economic phenomenon by studying human behavior and social processes.
Students choose a specialization from one of the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, Chicano/Chicana Studies, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology. This major aims to provide students with a broad understanding of Social Science and an appreciation of the interrelatedness of its disciplines
- DLO1: Apply Social Science theory to social, political, and economic problems (PLG #2, 5)
- DLO2: Present and synthesize divergent and/or opposing viewpoints on a given social, political, or economic issue (PLG #1, 3, 4, 5)
- DLO3: Identify key disciplinary concepts in the student’s chosen specialization (PLG #2, 4)
- DLO4: Identify different theoretical approaches in the student’s chosen specialization (PLG #4, 5)
- DLO5: Identify how social, political, and economic institutions influence individual behavior (PLG #3, 4, 5)
- DLO6: Use the scientific method to understand causal forces behind social, political, and economic phenomenon (PLG #2, 5)
- DLO7: Employ different analytic techniques to find patterns in data and answer research questions (PLG #1, 2, 5)
- DLO8: Recognize cultural diversity and analyze how it impacts social, political, and economic processes (PLG #2, 3, 4)
- DLO9: Locate, utilize, and properly cite scholarly and popular sources of information (PLG #1)
- DLO10: Formulate and defend coherent written arguments with effective support and evidence (PLG #1, 5)
- DLO11: Formulate and defend coherent arguments orally, as well as adapting and refining them in an interactive context (PLG #1, 5)
The social science program encourages students take advantage of opportunities for international experience and strives to accommodate units transferred from overseas institutions and programs. SDSU need not offer an exact equivalent course in order to apply credits from abroad to your major. When you take courses overseas for which no SDSU equivalents exist, we can usually apply those units toward the major presuming you can support a petition with relevant documents (e.g., syllabus or catalog description).
Please contact Professor Brian Adams at [email protected].