Social Sciences, BS


The Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences degree requires 45 units total, including the major, concentration, elective certificate, and elective and distribution courses.

Students take eight core courses and choose a major concentration in Law and Policy, Health, Science, and Society, or Social Justice. Social Sciences students also select an elective certificate comprised of four courses from outside of the major.

The program begins in Fall 2023.

Core and Major Concentrations

Core Courses

8 core courses in anthropology, psychology, political science, and social sciences

Major Concentrations

Choose one

  • Law and Policy
  • Health, Science, and Society
  • Social Justice

Elective Certificates

Elective certificates provide students with the opportunity to build skills in a wide range of areas to meet career objectives and earn a stand-alone credential to demonstrate expertise in the professional arena.

Choose one

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biology for Health Sciences
  • Business Essentials
  • Corporate Communication and Branding
  • Data Science
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Programming
  • Public Health
  • Research and Analytics
  • Strategic Communication
  • Strategic Management

Degree Requirements

In addition to the core courses, major concentration, elective certificate, and elective courses, the B.S. degree requires 14 units of distribution courses that includes a writing requirement and courses from three areas: humanities, science and math, and social sciences. Two distribution courses focus on diversity and inclusion, one course within the United States and one course within global perspectives. Students complete a philosophy course on professional ethics for one of the four humanities distribution courses.

Courses Units Earned
Writing Requirement: English 111 and 205 2
Humanities 4
Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning 4
Social Sciences 4
Major Requirements 8
Major Concentration 4
Elective Certificate 4
Electives 15
Total 45