Social science (Social theory, social structure and change) encompasses a variety of academic disciplines. Students who choose to develop a concentration in this area explore theories, methods and problems addressed by fields such as sociology, political science and anthropology. Students may choose to work within the boundaries of a single academic discipline or engage in a study which crosses disciplinary lines, such as criminal justice.
Concentrations in areas such as women’s studies, communications, ethnic studies and African-American studies which necessarily rely upon a dominantly social (rather than literary, artistic, historical or psychological) perspective also belong in this area of study.
In formulating their degree programs, students should address the following developmental goals which define the aims of study in this area. Concentrations in social science (social theory, social structure and change) should be planned to develop:
Students may meet these objectives in many ways, including thematic, issue- or problem-oriented studies which need not be focused on a single objective, but can respond to a number of the aims described above.
In order to assist faculty who review the programs, students should describe their research and thinking regarding their concentration studies in light of these objectives in their degree program rationales. Students who plan disciplinary approaches to fields within this area of study will be expected to be aware of the standard expectations for academic study within that field.
Revised February 1993; new name effective Jan. 1, 2014