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Bachelor of Science
Social Science

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

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Study how cultures, organizations, and institutions function in our online social science degree program.

With a bachelor’s degree in social science from University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll gain perspectives from the fields of anthropology, the behavioral sciences, gerontology, psychology, and sociology. You'll also have the opportunity to drill down and focus on one of these fields to advance your professional experience. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, combines theories with real-world applications and practical skills.


Total Credits Required: 120

  • Required Major Courses: 30
  • Minor and Elective Courses: 49
  • General Education Courses: 41

Required Major Courses

Two of the following 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)

The following courses:

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

One of the following courses:

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 220) 
  • (3 Credits, BEHS 250)

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


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


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


  • (3 Credits, PSYC 338)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 354)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 386)
  • (3 Credits, PSYC 437)


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

Required Related Course

The following related required course may be applied to general education or elective requirements.

  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)

If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree from UMGC in computer science, English, history, social science, or general studies (with a minimum of a 30-credit specialization in social studies) or have taken other appropriate coursework (including biology and mathematics coursework), an accelerated pathway between UMGC undergraduate and graduate programs allows you to reduce the total coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) by up to 12 credits—three courses, including the noncredit introductory course Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMGC (0 Credits, UCSP 615). This accelerated program option allows you to take graduate-level coursework before you complete your undergraduate degree.

To be eligible for this accelerated option, you must have completed the courses listed below before being accepted to the MAT program.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning (6 Credits, EDTP 500) substitutes for
Foundations of Teaching for Learning (6 Credits, EDTP 600) 

Adolescent Development and Learning Needs (6 Credits, EDTP 535) substitutes for
Adolescent Development and Learning Needs (6 Credits, EDTP 635)

The 500-level courses listed above are the only courses eligible for the 12 articulated credits available through this vertical pathway. If completed with a grade of B or higher, the credits will apply to the MAT program. If successfully completed with a grade of C or lower, these credits apply toward the undergraduate degree only.

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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