Social Science

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements

ss31Social scientists explore human experience through the study of history, political science, sociology, anthropology and geography. Plymouth State University’s Social Science program allows students to investigate each of these disciplines while pursuing specific areas of interest.

Students who pursue the BS in Social Science will work with an academic advisor to create an inter-disciplinary program designed around the students specific interests and career goals. This research and writing-intensive program allows students to study each of the social sciences and prepare for a future career in business, academics, government or non-profit work.

Plymouth State University also offers a Social Studies Education program which is rooted in the Social Science department disciplines and prepares students to teach grades 5 through 12 through the study of a wide variety of subjects. This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). For more information on the Social Studies Education program, contact Dr. Brandon Haas.

If you would like more information about the Social Science major, please contact Patrick May.

The BS degree in Social Science provides students with the opportunity to study the diversity of the human experience from the perspectives of the various social science disciplines. The curriculum structure exposes students to the basic content and approach of each of the disciplines within the Department of Social Science (Anthropology, Environmental Planning, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology), while also allowing students the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest.

This interdisciplinary program provides students with valuable skills of research, writing, and decision making, utilizing the perspectives and methodologies of the various social sciences. The program provides a basic background for future graduate work in any of the social sciences and a well-rounded liberal education for future careers in business, non-profit agencies, government, and other similar areas.

Degree Requirements (120 credits)


HI 2020 Surveying Themes in United States History 3
PO 1020 American Government 3
Behavioral Science Elective – complete any 1000/2000 level course from one of the following disciplines: 3
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
Economics Elective – complete one of the following: 3
EC 2000 Survey of Modern Economics
EC 2550 Macroeconomics (GACO)
EC 2560 Microeconomics
EC 3400 Economics for Educators
Geography Elective – complete one of the following: 3
GE 2001 Physical Geography
GE 2002 Human Geography
GE 3020 Geography for Educators (GACO)
Global Awareness Connection – complete one of the following: 3
HI 2010 World History Since 1500 (GACO)
PO 1030 World Politics (GACO)
Core Social Science Electives – complete two 1000/2000 level courses from the following disciplines: 6
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
EC Economics [not ECDI]
GE Geography [not GEDI]
HI History [not HIDI]
PO Political Science [not PODI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
SSE Social Studies Education
Concentration Disciplines – complete nine credits of 3000/4000 level courses in EACH of two of the following disciplines, including the Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO)*: 18
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
EC Economics [not ECDI]
GE Geography [not GEDI]
HI History [not HIDI]
PO Political Science [not PODI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
Upper-level Social Science Electives – complete a minimum of 12 additional credits in any 3000/4000 level course in the following disciplines: 12
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
EC Economics [not ECDI]
EPL Environmental Planning
GE Geography [not GEDI]
HI History [not HIDI]
PO Political Science [not PODI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
SS Social Science [not SSDI]
SSE Social Studies Education
TMP Tourism Management and Policy
Quantitative Reasoning Connection – complete one of the following: 3
HI 2222 Methods, Theories, and Careers in History (QRCO)
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO)
MA 1900 Statistical Literacy in Today’s Society (QRCO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
SSE 3010 Theories of Learning and Assessment in Social Studies (QRCO)
SW 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
Technology in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 3
CM 3090 Technical Communication (TECO) (WRCO)
ED 3350 Classroom Planning, Management, and Organization for Middle School and Secondary Educators (TECO)
GE 2090 Computer Mapping (TECO)
HI 4358 Public History (TECO)
PO 3120 Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (TECO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 18-16
*Writing in the Discipline Connection must be completed in a Concentration discipline.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.


Education, Democracy & Social Change Cluster