Degree Requirements

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: 

MSU REGISTRAR

 

  • 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 list of courses meeting this requirement [version March 6, 2019]:

    Experiential Learning.pdf

  • B. INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR REQUIREMENT

    The College of Social Science requires students to have an interdisciplinary minor. There are minors offered in the college that meet this requirement, minors approved for the requirement but require you to follow the Social Science track, and there are minors that have restrcitions, which require you to meet with you College of Social Science Academic advisor.  

     

    View the full list of Minors that meet requirements:

    MINORS

  • 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. In some majors, the STEM courses are specified.

    • Bachelor of Arts degree: 6 credit minimum
      • Mathematics 1825, 100E, 103E and 290 may not apply to this requirement for the degree.
    • Bachelor of Science degree: 12 credit minimum
      • Mathematics 103 may not apply to this requirement.

     

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

    Current list of courses meeting this requirement [version March 6, 2019]:

    STEM.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

    • Bachelor of Arts: No specified requirement
    • Bachelor of Science: 6 credit minimum

     

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

    Current list of courses meeting this requirement [version March 6, 2019]:

    ArtsHumanities.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.

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

    • 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.

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