BA in Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Social Sciences prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program is designed for students who wish to combine course work in three or more subjects within Social Sciences and develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of at least two social sciences disciplines
  • Explain the interrelationships between the conceptual frameworks that distinguish social sciences disciplines
  • Discuss the historical development of at least two social sciences disciplines
  • Discuss how social systems influence the diversity of human beliefs, values, and behavior

BA in Social Sciences Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Social Sciences 33
  1. Students complete 33 credits in the social sciences concentration.
  2. At least three different subjects must be included which provide for breadth of knowledge in the social sciences. Also, students must earn at least 12 credits in one subject area. A maximum of 18 credits can be earned in any one subject area in order to have a balanced interdisciplinary concentration.
  3. Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A maximum of two college- level courses equating to the 100 level can be applied toward the area of concentration. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 Thomas Edison State University courses are required.
  4. LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone is required











  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • Labor Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Geography
III. Electives 27
Total 120


Note 1: Any of the following areas are considered social sciences and may be used as a subject area in the concentration: anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, labor studies, political science, psychology, sociology.

Note 2: The following subject areas are interdisciplinary: African-American studies; American studies; Asian studies; environmental studies; urban studies; women's studies. Courses from any of these interdisciplinary subject areas may be applied toward an appropriate subject area in the concentration only if the content is related to social sciences.

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