This interdisciplinary major provides the basis for a broad education in social science, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social and Behavioral Sciences (referred to as “SOBS”). Unlike traditional majors, SOBS offers students a unique learning experience based on their own interests across multiple academic fields. Students choose a combination of courses in one of three career-focused tracks (Allied Health; Policy, Justice and Administration; and Culture and Society) from among several social science disciplines, including:
The program is an excellent springboard for graduate studies as well as work in:
The SOBS major is an ideal foundation for essential professional skills such as creative thinking and synthesis of ideas across multiple fields. Students can complete their core requirements and the SOBS major within six semesters. This provides students the flexibility to potentially explore additional academic interests, dovetail minors or certificate programs, study abroad, or take prerequisite courses for graduate and professional school programs.
In addition to meeting the standards and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, degree candidates must complete program requirements for a total of 36 credits.
All SOBS students will complete:
Students are encouraged to complete a minor and/or certificate depending on his/her specialized interests and career path. Three (3) credits from the SOBS major requirement are permitted to fulfill a minor or certificate requirement.
In consultation with the SOBS advisor and participating faculty, students will craft a personalized curriculum from several disciplines aligned with one the three offered tracks for a total of 36 credits. Many of the courses fulfill categories in the College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.
Link to College Core requirement.
This track provides students with a health-focused social science foundation for careers in such fields as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Emergency Medical Technician, and other healthcare-related professions.
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Introduction to Physical Anthropology|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
or PHIL 1130
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Integrated Human Science|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Introduction to Social Work|
|Select courses from the following disciplines: *||18|
|Research Methods & Capstone|
|SOBS 5002||Sem-Social and Beh Science||3|
|Select one of the following courses:||3|
|Quantitative Research Methods|
|Qualitative Research Methods|
|Research Methods Social Work|
In consultation with the program director or the program advisor, students choose a combination of courses totaling 18 credits focused on health-related knowledge areas from the following disciplines: Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing and Biology from the list of course options below. Nine (9) credits may be taken from each social science discipline. Nursing and Biology courses together may total up to a maximum of nine (9) credits. Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits at the 2000-4000 level.
|ANTH 2224||Health and Medicine: An Anthropological Approach||3|
|ANTH 2233||Understanding Human Sexuality||3|
|ANTH 3220||Anthropology of Consciousness||3|
|ANTH 3250||Human Osteology||3|
|SOCI 2215||Sociology of Sport and Leisure||3|
|SOCI 2224||Sociology of Health-Medicine||3|
|SOCI 2511||Growing Older-Sociol of Aging||3|
|SOCI 2513||Social Inequalities||3|
|SOCI 2701||Social Change||3|
|SOWK 2201||Social Prob and Programs||3|
|SOWK 1911||Introduction to Gerontology||3|
|SOWK 2653||Substance Abuse Asmnt-Interven||3|
|PSYC 1218||Drug and Alcohol Abuse||3|
|PSYC 1219||Sport Psychology||3|
|PSYC 2212||Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSYC 2214||Mental Health||3|
|PSYC 2220||Behavior Modification||3|
|PSYC 3217||Biological Psychology||3|
|PSYC 3219||Human Neuropsychology||3|
& BIOL 1123
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Phys I Lab
& BIOL 1134
|Human Anatomy and Phys II|
and Human Anatomy and Phys II Lab
& BIOL 1212
|General Biology- Organisms|
and General Biology-Organisms Lab
& BIOL 1223
and General Biology-Cell Lab
|NUTH 1003||Sociocultural Determinants of Health and Healthcare||3|
|NUTH 1101||Professional Nursing Practice Foundations||3|
|NUTH 1102||Lifespan Context for Health of Diverse Individuals and Populations||3|
|NUTH 3002||Gerontological Nursing||2|
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