BA, Social Science

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

Designed for the student who desires a broader background than is provided by an individual disciplinary major, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science program unites the diverse areas of social, political, cultural, economic, organizational and technological processes. This integrated approach helps students develop critical reasoning and analytic skills, comparative perspectives and a wide knowledge base about the world. The degree can be customized by selecting three areas of concentration from the disciplines of criminal justice, history, organizational leadership, political science, psychology and sociology. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Methods: Compare and contrast social scientific methodological approaches.
  • Theory: Apply social scientific theories to practical situations.
  • Research: Evaluate published social scientific research.
  • Application: Create a social scientific research or related project.

Admission Requirements

Students must have completed 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent for admission to Brandman University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. Completed application package.
  2. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  3. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 32 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 300 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.

 

Major Core Requirements

SOCU 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
SOCU 436 Globalization and Social Change 3
SOCU 450 Social and Political Theory 3
SSCU 494 Social Science Capstone Course 3
Total Credits 18

 

Concentration Area Requirements (33 credits, 24 credits must be upper division)

Choose three areas from the disciplines of criminal justice, history, organizational leadership, political science, psychology, and sociology as a first, second and third concentration area and complete courses minimally distributed as follows. The first concentration choice represents the primary emphasis area of the program. One course from each concentration area may be lower division.
First concentration (emphasis) area 12
Second concentration area 12
Third concentration area 9

 

Total Credits 51
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