BA, Integrated Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences

Are you interested in making an imprint on the world?   People need information to make good decisions.  In this program you will learn how to understand what motivates people, communities, and societies, and learn how to create policy solutions when challenges emerge. The Integrated Social Science major focuses on examining the connection between people and the physical environment or places we reside using cutting-edge methodology. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in business, government, non-profits and social services with state of the art technologically-based analytical tools such as GIS. Student will emerge as leaders in communication, analysis and policy action through the integrated social sciences program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrated research methods: Employ multiple research methods within an interdisciplinary context.
  • Policy: Analyze the creation and application of policy in society.
  • Communication: Practice culturally relevant verbal and written communication.
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and evaluation: Evaluate a problem and determine creative solutions using holistic thinking.
  • Environment: Generate interdisciplinary connections between environment, health and societal well-being.
  • Spatial thinking and analysis: Apply spatial thinking to analyze and develop solutions to societal problems.

Why Integrated Social Sciences at Brandman?

Our hands-on program is geared towards equipping students with career-ready interdisciplinary spatial, cultural, communication and data analysis skills that incorporates cutting-edge technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and data analysis. These skills equip students for a variety of careers including:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Data analytics
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Government
  • Market research
  • Public & community health
  • Social & community services

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 30 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 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (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. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.

 

Major Core Requirements (30 credits):

SSCU 300 Integrated Social Sciences Introduction: Policy and Action 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
SSCU 303 Social Scientific Perspectives on Media and Culture 3
SSCU 317 Quantitative Methods and Social Statistics 3
SSCU 380 Data Analytics 3
SSCU 383 Social Science Communications: Reporting and Writing 3
ESCU 401 Environmental Science Policy and Management 3
SOCU 416 Sociology of Health Care 3
SSCU 477 Geospatial Approaches to Society 3
SSCU 494 Social Science Capstone Course 3

Integrated Social Science Electives (5 upper division courses for 15 total credits)

Take any five courses from at least two of the following areas: communications (COMU), criminal justice (CJCU), history, (HISU), legal studies (LEST), marketing (MKTU), organizational leadership, (OLCU) political science (POSU), social work (SOWK), or sociology (SOCU).

Total credits 45

Minor in Integrated Social Sciences

SSCU 300 Integrated Social Sciences Introduction: Policy and Action 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
SSCU 303 Social Scientific Perspectives on Media and Culture 3
SSCU 380 Data Analytics 3
SSCU 383 Social Science Communications: Reporting and Writing 3
ESCU 401 Environmental Science Policy and Management 3
Total credits 18
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