The paradigm below is one example of how this major may be completed. Students may use their elective credits to explore other majors or to enroll in skill-building courses in mathematics, reading, writing and/or study skills. With planning, students may use these credits to complete a minor, enroll in a practicum or internship, or study abroad.
|*||Depending upon placement or potential double major, students may instead take either ST232 - Introduction to Statistics or BU213 - Business Statistics.|
It is the responsibility of the student to complete all major and university requirements. Please refer to the university catalog for additional information regarding this major. Course title and content is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Please consult with your major advisor for the most current information.
Students enrolled in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the program director for the appropriate sequence of courses.
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
A. Four of the following courses:
A general introduction to the study of human culture. Topics: anthropology as an academic discipline, nature of human language, human culture, history of anthropological thought, and human social organizations.
A traditional introduction to the principles of microeconomics, concentrating on behavior of the household and the firm. The course analyzes factors determining prices, production and allocation of economic resources. Current issues are emphasized.
Prerequisite: mathematics competency.
A basic course on the nature and purpose of our U.S. political system; includes the Constitution, institutions, processes and persons that combine to form our federal government. The student is exposed to a variety of approaches to political study.
General Psychology provides an overview of the methods, fundamental principles, and major perspectives which define the discipline of psychology. Intrapersonal and/or interpersonal psychological processes involved in the biological basis of behavior, sleeping and dreaming, conditioning and learning, cognition, lifespan human development, abnormal psychology, and psychological treatment. Classical and contemporary research and perspectives including the biological, cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, sociocultural and evolutionary perspectives are explored. Students are actively involved through application, interactive exercises, simulations, and projects.
The nature and foundations of society and the individual, the main forces that strengthen and weaken social groups and the conditions that transform social life is examined in this course.
B. Both of the following courses:
This course offers an introductory survey of the multi-cultural history of the United States from the earliest human settlement around 13,000 B.C. to the end of the Civil War in 1865. It introduces students to the diversity of peoples that came to inhabit North America, such as Native Americans, early colonizers from a variety of European nations, slaves from Africa, and the various waves of immigrants that enriched the American population prior to the Civil War. It introduces students to the various historical periods historians recognize, such as the pre-Columbian era, the Colonial period, the era of the American Revolution, the Early Republic, antebellum America, and the era of sectional conflict and the Civil War. The course also introduces students to many of the people, voices, ideas, beliefs, events, and larger historical developments that shaped American history. And it emphasizes the tension that has existed throughout American history between, on the one hand, the forces that work to create a single, unified country out this multiplicity of cultures, and, on the other hand, the forces that threaten to undermine and tear apart the great republican experiment that is the United States.
This course is the second half of the American history survey from the Civil War through the early 21st Century. Lectures, readings and class activities will supply both a broad pattern of change over time as well as specific analyses of significant events and people. In class discussions and writing analysis student will be encouraged to think critically about the history of the United States in terms of nationhood and peoples' experiences.
C. One of the following courses:
This course is designed to develop student facility in the use of statistical methods and the understanding of statistical concepts. The course takes a practical approach based on statistical examples taken from everyday life. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, an intuitive introduction to probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, regression and correlation. Appropriate technology is used to perform the calculations for many applications, and correspondingly an emphasis is placed on interpreting the results of statistical procedures.
Credit is not granted for this course and any of the following: BU215, B392 or ST232. Prerequisite: mathematics competency.
This course is designed to provide the basic ideas and techniques of statistics. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, an intuitive introduction to probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, regression and correlation. This course makes significant use of appropriate technology. Topics in this course is treated at a higher mathematical level than they are treated in ST132.
Credit is not granted for this course and any of the following: BU215, B392 or ST132. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: departmental placement or minimum C grade in M148.
M115 College Algebra
D. The following course:
This course examines the major sociological perspectives in conjunction with an instruction in the logic and procedures of gathering information about social phenomena. The course covers topics such as: the logic of the scientific method, research design, hypotheses formation, theory and methods of scaling, and research analysis.
Also offered as PS242. Prerequisites: S110 and either ST132 or ST232.
E. Six additional upper-division courses selected from two program or departments in this major.
F. Either Section F or G
The following courses:
In this course the student starts on the thesis requirement for the social science and sociology majors. The student is expected to select a topic and design the research project. The course is conducted primarily on an independent basis in consultation with an advisor.
In this course the student is expected to complete an original research project which is required for the Social Science and Sociology majors.
G. Either Section F or G
The following courses; minimum six credit internship:
This off-campus internship provides qualified juniors or seniors an opportunity to participate in field experience under the guidance and supervision of competent professionals.
Prerequisite: consent of department chair.
This in-depth paper, written under supervision of sociology faculty, involves an integration of theoretical and experience research related to the student’s social science or sociology internship.
Prerequisites: minimum 6-credit internship and consent of department chair.