Social Sciences

SOCIAL SCIENCES UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

This division of the General Studies Program is for students whose primary interest is in social sciences. Social Science majors take part in interdisciplinary programs and courses, emphasizing the social, political, economic and religious institutions of human society.

Social sciences courses introduce students to data used by various disciplines to test, explain, or create the concepts, theories, principles and laws underlying those institutions. These courses may focus on how social sciences use these constructs to evaluate issues and how such knowledge enhances the understanding of human behavior with society’s institutions.

Students in this program work together with an advisor to devise a coherent program of study that fulfills an academic or career goal. See our Program Learning Goals and Outcomes to learn more.

RELATED FIELDS

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Social Sciences Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in General Social Sciences provides students with a broad critical and cultural understanding of society and culture, while at the same time emphasizing the writing and analytical skills that are crucial to success in the university, in professional and graduate school and in the workplace.

The program of study is flexible and allows Social Science majors to design their own program of study based on their intellectual interests and career goals.

Students provide the academic and career goal, and their advisor helps ensure that their program of study includes any prerequisites for the 300-400 level major course work, satisfies the university’s general education requirements, and meets any additional requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A general studies program can be organized according to two general plans:
Plan A: Complete 24 credits in a primary concentration and 15 credits in a secondary concentration.
Plan B: Complete a minimum of nine credits in three or more academic areas in the Humanities

The areas of primary and secondary concentrations can draw from the following disciplines:

FRESHMAN

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

TRANSFER

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

INTERNSHIPS

Liberal Arts Internship Programs offer an individualized, hands-on experience and is an ideal way to gain new skills and build your resume to stand out to potential employers.  Internships serve as a way to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problem solving and projects.

Prior to completing an online internship packet [link], you are required to meet with your faculty supervisor and the department’s faculty internship coordinator to discuss your internship project.   Once your online internship packet is approved, the packet will be submitted to your Academic Advisor, who will provide you with permission to self-enroll in the course.

CAREERS

Social Science majors develop critical thinking and writing skills that are translatable to a number of careers and the Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen your interview skills – all of which will help you land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office also posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees. They also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and a career opportunities for after graduation.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in Social Science.

Desiree Good

Social Sciences Graduate

In my early 20’s, I was married and had a toddler when I decided to complete my undergraduate education.  WSU Tri-Cities made it possible to go to college while juggling being an adult and having a family, and it opened doors for me. I established cherished connections with professors, some of whom I still keep in contact with today. I graduated summa cum laude and was accepted to law school. At Seattle University School of Law, I attended classes in the evening and worked full-time to support myself and my daughter, confident I could succeed based on my experience at WSU Tri-Cities.  I was honored to be the commencement speaker at my law school graduation. Today, I’m a practicing attorney in Seattle, and my daughter is headed into her freshman year at WSU Pullman. Proud that we both get to say Go Cougs!   

Mark Mansperger

Anthropology Professor

Professor Mansperger has been a fulltime faculty member at WSU Tri-Cities since 2007. Now delivering his 18th different course, his focus is on teaching, and he often punctuates his classes with humor and anecdotes. Being the sole fulltime Anthropology professor at WSU Tri-Cities, Professor Mansperger loves to teach and work with students. He established an Anthropology Minor degree at WSU Tri-Cities, was the founding chapter President of the PKP honor society on campus, and has created several internships with local organizations for students to gain applied experience. In his home life, Professor Mansperger spends time with his large German Shepherd (“Wolf Dog”) and writes newspaper op-eds.