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Bachelor of Science
Social Science

Social Science
Bachelor of Science
AT A GLANCE
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $248 per credit hour (Europe)
  • $250 per credit hour (Downrange)

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Explore social issues by studying how groups, cultures, organizations, and institutions function at UMGC Europe.

In UMGC's bachelor's degree program in social science, you'll gain a breadth of knowledge through interdisciplinary study that encompasses perspectives from the fields of anthropology, behavioral sciences, gerontology, psychology, and sociology. You'll also have the opportunity to drill down and focus closely on one of these fields.

This program is also available as a minor.

Your social science coursework will help you learn to address social issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, communicate with a diverse audience, develop strong critical thinking skills, articulate the range of research methods used in the social sciences, and recognize good evidence. In addition, you'll learn to identify the implications of social science on various issues to develop policies and programs that enhance human welfare.


About the Social Science Bachelor's Degree

Your social science coursework will help you learn to address social issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, communicate with a diverse audience, develop strong critical thinking skills, articulate the range of research methods used in the social sciences, and recognize good evidence. In addition, you’ll learn to identify the implications of social science on various issues to develop policies and programs that enhance human welfare.

Two introductory (100-level) social science courses (6)—Chosen from the following:

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 102)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 100)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 100)
  • (3 Credits, SOCY 100)

Required Courses:

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 210)
  • (3 Credits, BEHS 220)
  • (3 Credits, BEHS 300)
  • (3 Credits, BEHS 495)

Upper-level ANTH, BEHS, GERO, PSYC, and SOCY courses (12 credits) - Focused study in anthropology, gerontology, psychology, or sociology recommended, as follows:

Anthropology

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 345)
  • (3 Credits, ANTH 346)
  • (3 Credits, ANTH 350)
  • (3 Credits, ANTH 351)

Gerontology

  • (3 Credits, GERO 302)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 311)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 427)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 320)

Psychology

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 321)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 338)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 351)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 354)

Sociology

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 313)
  • (3 Credits, SOCY 325)
  • (3 Credits, SOCY 423)
  • (3 Credits, SOCY 350)

Electives

The bachelor's degree in social science requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

A degree with a major in social science requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Research and Computer Literacy Courses


  • (3 Credits, PACE 111M) or 
    (3 Credits, PACE 111S) or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

  • (1 Credit, LIBS 150) or 
    (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) or other general education elective

  • (3 Credits, IFSM 201) or 
    (3 Credits, CMST 301) or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses


  • (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or 
    (3 Credits, WRTG 291) or other writing course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 112)

  • (3 Credits, SPCH 100) or other communication, writing, or speech course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 394) or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course


  • (3 Credits, STAT 200) or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses


  • (3 Credits, HIST 142) or 
    (3 Credits, HIST 157) or other arts and humanities course

  • (3 Credits, ARTH 204) or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses


  • (3 Credits, ECON 201) or other behavioral and social science course

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170) or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses


  • (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and 
    (1 Credit, BIOL 102) or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses

  • (3 Credits, NUTR 100) or 
    (3 Credits, BIOL 160) or other science lecture course

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