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.A or B.S.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ANTH1010 INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY
  • CSEN1020 ARGUMENT & RESEARCH
  • HIST1100 OR HIST1200
  • MATH1050 OR HIGHER
  • PSYC1010 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSCM1030 PUBLIC SPEAKING & PERSUASION
  • GEOG1020 WORLD GEOGRAPHY
  • POLS1020 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
  • SOCI1010 PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY
  • STAT2110 STATISTICS

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM2040 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
  • ECON1020 MACROECONOMICS
  • HUMA1010 HUMANITIES ART & MUSIC
  • INFS1020 FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • SOCI1020 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM2050 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS
  • ECON1030 MICROECONOMICS
  • HIST1800 WORLD CIVILIZATION II
  • ELIT CORE COURSE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Fall

  • HIST3700 DEVELOPING WORLD
  • PSYC3500 OR PSYC3550
  • SCI CORE COURSE
  • POLI SCI ELECTIVE
  • B.A./B.S. ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Spring

  • SOSC3800 SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS
  • POLI SCI ELECTIVE
  • PSYC ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • B.A./B.S. ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Fall

  • SOSC4803 PRACTICUM
  • PSYC ELECTIVE
  • SOCI ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • B.A./B.S. ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Spring

  • SOSC4800 SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT
  • HIST ELECTIVE
  • SOCI ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • B.A./B.S. 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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