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Social Science Curriculum

New College of Social Science Curriculum starting Fall 2017

 

The specific requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science have changed as of Fall 2017.  Students already in the College of Social Science are held to the requirements of when they entered the College.

Students already in the College may elect to complete the new requirements.  Since this could cause a delay to graduation, students must meet with the academic advisor to make the request. 

Courses used to meet University Requirements cannot be used to meet College or Major requirements unless already coordinated.  Students with questions should contact the academic advisor for the major.

For the specific requirements please consult Academic Programs:

https://reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms/Print.aspx?Section=2534

 

DISCLAIMER: This webpage is offered as a basic overview.  Any differences between this webpage and Academic Programs, the overriding authority resides with Academic Programs.

 

A. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING REQUIREMENT

All students must complete an experiential learning requirement.  The experiential learning requirement may be satisfied either within or outside the requirements of the major.  The requirement may be met by completing a 3 or 4-credit experiential learning course, approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy or its designee.  A list of approved courses will be maintained by the College of Social Science.  

The experiential learning requirement is designed to ensure that each undergraduate student will have the opportunity to enhance problem-solving and integrative reasoning skills through practice outside of the traditional classroom learning environment.  Study abroad and study away experiences, internships, service learning and civic engagement experiences, undergraduate research, including, in appropriate cases, honors theses, and entrepreneurship experiences can meet this requirement. 

 Current listing of courses meeting this requirement: Experiential Learning Courses.pdf

 

B. INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR REQUIREMENT


Interdisciplinary Minor from a list of minors approved by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy.

Minors approved for this requirement include:

African Studies
Asian Studies
Environment and Health
Leadership of Organizations 

These specific minors have restrictions and require a meeting with your College of Social Science academic advisor:

Human Behavior and Social Services
International Development
Law, Justice, and Public Policy
The City: Environment, Design and Society
Youth and Society

The College is developing additional minors to meet this requirement

 

C. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS (STEM) REQUIREMENT


Complete the minimum in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses from a list of courses approved and maintained by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy. Mathematics 1825, 100E, 103E and 290 may not apply to this requirement for the degree. For the Bachelor of Science degree, Mathematics 103 may not apply to this requirement.  In some majors, the STEM courses are specified.

Courses used to meet University requirements cannot be used to meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Arts degree: 6 credit minimum

Bachelor of Science degree: 12 credit minimum

Current list of courses meeting the STEM requirement: STEM list.pdf

 

D. ARTS AND HUMANITIES (A&H) REQUIREMENT

Complete the minimum in Arts and Humanities (A&H) courses from a list of courses approved and maintained by the College of Social Science Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy

Courses used to meet University requirements cannot be used to meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Arts - No specified requirement

Bachelor of Science - 6 credit minimum

Current list of courses meeting this requirement: A&H list.pdf

 

E. DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS

Complete a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered at the 300 level and above. Courses offered by the student’s major department or school may be used to satisfy this requirement.

1. A maximum of 12 credits of independent study may be applied to the degree.

2. A maximum of 12 credits of internship, field experience, or practicum credits may be applied to the degree.

The total of independent study, internship, field experience, and practicum credits applied to the degree may not exceed 20 credits.

 


 

PRIOR to FALL 2017 COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

Previous College Requirement was a distribution of courses within Colleges of Arts & Letters, Natural Science, and Social Science. 

For the specific requirements please consult Academic Programs: https://reg.msu.edu/Read/AcadPrograms/2015-16/24ssc.pdf 

Bachelor of Arts:

College of Arts and Letters: 9 credits minimum

College of Natural Science: 6 credits minimum

College of Social Science: 15 credits minimum

Bachelor of Science:

College of Arts and Letters: 6 credits minimum

College of Natural Science: 15 credits minimum

College of Social Science: 9 credits minimum