Social Science B.A. or B.S.
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The B.A. or B.S. in Social Science develops reasoning, mathematical, and communications skills, and a comprehensive knowledge of the social sciences. The curriculum produces graduates who are able to integrate this understanding with their intellectual, social, personal, and professional growth, and who are able to deal with human relationships and personal development in the context of the society in which they exist.

Graduates go on to positions in social service, welfare, counseling, training and development, management, and human resources. Jobs include counselor, research assistant, statistician, social studies teacher, and psychologist.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D. 
Department Head, Social Sciences
brecht@rmu.edu
412-397-5419 

4-Year Course Plan (B.S.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies or COSK2221 Intercultural Comm.
  • ECON1020 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HIST1100 U.S. History I
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE

Freshman Year, Spring

  • COSK1221 Argument & Research
  • ECON1030 Principles of Microeconomics
  • HIST1200 U.S. History II
  • INFS1020 Intro to Decision Support Systems
  • MATH 1050 Reasoning/Applications (or higher)

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • COSK2220 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • COSK2230 Prof Communications
  • HIST1700 World Civilizations I
  • STAT2110 Statistics
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • Elit Elective
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • POLS1020 Amer. National Government
  • PSYC3550 Human Growth & Devel
  • HIST ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Fall

  • ANTH1010 Intro to Anthroplogy Or Anth1020 Cultural Anthropology
  • GEOG1020 World Geography
  • POLS1030 Cont/Comp Poli. Systems
  • PSYC ELECTIVE
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Spring

  • HIST3700 Developing World
  • POLS3040 American Foreign Policy
  • SOCI1020 Cont Amer Social Problems
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Fall

  • SOSC4803 Social Science Practicum
  • SOSC4800 Senior Thesis
  • SOCI ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Spring

  • SOCI ELECTIVE
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
4-Year Course Plan (B.A.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies or COSK2221 Intercultural Comm.
  • ECON1020 Principles Of Macroeconomics
  • HIST1100 U.S. History I
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music
  • Science Elective

Freshman Year, Spring

  • COSK1221 Argument & Research
  • ECON1030 Principles of Microeconomics
  • HIST1200 U.S. History II
  • INFS1020 Intro to Decision Support Systems
  • MATH 1050 Reasoning/Applications (or higher)

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • COSK2220 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • COSK2230 Prof Communications
  • HIST1700 World Civilizations I
  • STAT2110 Statistics
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • Elit Elective
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • POLS1020 Amer. National Government
  • PSYC3550 Human Growth & Devel
  • HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI ELECTICE

Junior Year, Fall

  • ANTH1010 Intro to Anthroplogy or ANTH1020 Cultural Anthropology
  • GEOG1020 World Geography
  • POLS1030 Cont/Comp Poli. Systems
  • PSYC ELECTIVE
  • HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Spring

  • HIST3700 Developing World
  • POLS3040 American Foreign Policy
  • SOCI1020 Cont Amer Social Problems
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Fall

  • SOSC4803 Social Science Practicum
  • SOSC4800 Senior Thesis
  • SOCI ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Spring

  • HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI ELECTIVE
  • HIS, POLS, PSYC or SOCI ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
Practicum Information

All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.

Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems. 

Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.

More details are available here.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Contemporary American Social Problems
Cultural Anthropology
Critical Thinking & Cultural Beliefs
Major Credits
69
Social Science, History, Psychology
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
12

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