Social Sciences

The core requirement in social science introduces students to the study of human society from the perspective of the disciplines of anthropology, economics, government, linguistics, psychology, and/or sociology. The requirement is any two courses in the same discipline/department, generally starting with an introductory course in the chosen discipline.

Below is a list of introductory courses in the social science disciplines. It is recommended that students begin with one of these courses before moving on to a second course in a given discipline.

  • ANTH-001 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON-001 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-002 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON-003 Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro
  • GOVT-020 U.S. Political Systems
  • GOVT-040 Comparative Political Systems
  • GOVT-060 International Relations
  • GOVT-080 Elements of Political Theory
  • LING-001 Introduction to Language
  • PSYC-001 General Psychology
  • SOCI-001 Introduction to Sociology

In addition to courses offered by the Department of Linguistics, advanced foreign language courses with a focus on linguistics can count toward the social science requirement as linguistics courses. Please see the core section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for a list of foreign language courses, taught on a regular basis, that fulfill the second half of the social science requirement in linguistics. 

Please note: B.S. degree candidates only majoring in a program in the department of biology, chemistry, or physics are exempt from the social science requirement, although they are encouraged to take courses in the social sciences.

Please note that the Undergraduate Bulletin for the academic year in which the student matriculated is the ultimate authority on all degree requirements. Click here for the bulletin for the current academic year.