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All degree and minor programs require a minimum GPA of 2.0 (There are additional requirements for education students majoring in social sciences). All department majors are required to earn at least a “C” (2.0) minimum grade in any foundation course (100 level) specified within the student’s major program and the three required methods courses: SS 201, SS 300 and SS 400. Students should contact the department secretary, Patty Lerner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to sign up for their required research seminar, SS 400, one semester prior to registration. An electronically submitted portfolio of work in the social sciences is required of all students in before graduating (conducted in the SS 400 seminar). The four elements of the portfolio include:
For a list of current program sheets please visit www.wcsu.edu/academics/programsheets/macricostas-school-of-arts-and-sciences/
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Programs
(*) Meets state requirements as academic major for students seeking elementary teaching certificate. B.S. degree awarded to education students.
(**) Meets state requirements as academic major for students seeking elementary or secondary teaching certificates. B.S. degree awarded to education students. Program guide sheets for each major may also be obtained on the wall outside of Warner Hall 224.
The allied fields of anthropology and sociology offer ways of understanding the world that are fundamental to many courses of study. Anthropology and sociology look at everyday life in the context of groups, societies and cultures to which humankind contribute. The degree program is designed to provide background for varied business, government and social service careers as well as for advanced graduate studies in a wide area of disciplines. There is also an anthropology/sociology and elementary education option for students desiring to become elementary school teachers.
The economics program provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the economic behavior of individuals, business and society. The focus is on social outcomes of economic transactions and events, as well as on economic performance. Economics is taught as part of a liberal arts education at Western and provides an especially relevant background for careers in business or government, as well as for graduate study in economics, law or business.
Political Science (*)
Students of political science are given an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the political aspects of society. They are provided with a practical background for a variety of legal, government, public and social service careers, and a preparation for graduate studies in political science, as well as in related fields, such as pre-law. There is also a political science and elementary education option for students desiring to become elementary school teachers.
Social Sciences (**)
This interdisciplinary major provides students with both a broad-based foundation in the social sciences and with a variety of course choices, allowing a student to focus on a specific topic or theme, such as global studies or multi-cultural studies. This program is considered particularly relevant for future teachers. There are two options for joining the major in social sciences with the majors in elementary education or secondary education.
Options (Optional – you do not need to choose one of these):
Minor Programs in the Social Sciences
For Minor Program Sheets, visit the Academics site.
Cultural Resource Management
(with elective African-American focus)