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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Sciences B.A.

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The Social Sciences B.A. is offered by the Department of Economics, Agricultural Studies, and Social Sciences. Click here  to view the department information, including Student Learning Objectives.

Sheila Younkin, Coordinator

Office: Bizzini Hall 123
Phone: (209) 667-3037

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences program is an interdepartmental degree program consisting of courses in the following disciplines: anthropology, communication studies, criminal justice, economics, ethnic studies, gender studies, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Students select courses from any three of the above disciplines. The program offers a wide variety of courses dealing with human interaction in past and present society and acquaints students with contemporary social problems, their causes, and their potential solutions.

Additionally, a course in the methods of scientific investigation in the social sciences provides students with valuable analytical skills. Students should discuss career opportunities with their adviser in their areas of concentration in the Social Sciences major.

Students intending to apply for admission to the Social Sciences single subject credential program at CSU Stanislaus should also see the Social Sciences Subject Matter Preparation Program. 


  1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree (51 units minimum).
  2. Complete the Interdepartmental Studies major, as approved by the adviser. Of these, no more than 8 units of CR-graded coursework in courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply.
  3. Completion of a minor is not required.

Note: Immediately upon entering this interdepartmental degree program, students should select the three disciplines that will form their major.

The Major

(38 units minimum)

1. Complete the following courses:

(5 units)

3. Select three of the disciplines listed below:

Completing the prerequisite courses for each. Then complete a minimum of 12 upper-division units in the first of the three disciplines and a minimum of 9 upper-division units in each of the two other disciplines, as approved by the adviser.


View courses by discipline  for a list of possible courses.


b. Select any upper-division courses, with the adviser’s consent.

Note additional prerequisites to certain courses. Options available:

  • General Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Ethnology
  • Archaeology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Special Studies

Communication Studies

b. Select any 9 to 12 units from the following areas:

  • Core
  • Organizational Communications/Public Relations
  • Speech Communication

Criminal Justice

b. Select any 9 to 12 upper division units in Criminal Justice, with adviser’s consent.


b. Upper-division courses:

Select 9 to 12 units from each of three or four of the following fields:

  • Banking, Investment, and Managerial Economics
  • International Trade and Alternative Economic Systems
  • Economics and the Public Sector
  • Labor Economics
  • Economic History

Ethnic Studies

a. Prerequisite:

  • Complete an introductory 2000-level Ethnic Studies course, 3 units
b. Select any 9 to 12 units from the following, with adviser’s consent:

  • Category II
  • Category III
  • Category IV
  • Category V


Gender Studies


Many GEND courses are cross-listed, meaning they are the same as courses in other disciplines; view the course descriptions to determine cross-listings (e.g. “Same as ETHS 3200”).  Students may register for these courses under either name.

b. Required core course:

c. Any 6 to 9 units from the following, with adviser’s consent:

 Note:  Courses taken to satisfy the Gender Studies concentration may not be cross-counted or cross-listed with the disciplines in the student’s other two selected concentrations.



a. Prerequisite:

Complete a one-year sequence of lower-division history in World civilization, Western civilization, non-Western civilization, or U.S. history.

b. Select 9 to 12 units.

Select courses to have at least one upper-division course in each of the following:

  • European History
  • United States History
  • Non-Western History

Political Science

b. Complete 9 to 12 units as follows:

i. American Politics:

  • 2 courses
ii. Additional one or two courses to be selected from:

  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Specialized courses
    (excluding individual study)
  • Interdisciplinary


a. Prerequisites:

b. Complete 9 to 12 units from each of the following areas:

  • Psychology as a Natural Science
  • Psychology as a Social Science
  • Psychology as an Applied Science


Available Concentrations:

The following concentrations are available within the Social Sciences B.A. program:

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