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Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

This major appeals to students with a broad range of interests and those interested in pursuing a social science teaching credential. A minimum of 48 semester units, distributed as follows.

  • History: six courses that include one course in California history, two courses in the history of Western Civilization or World History, two courses in U.S. history and one course in the history of a non-U.S., non-European country or region.
  • Political Science: three courses that include one course in U.S. national government, one course in U.S. state and local government and one course that deals with either
    • a) comparative politics and government
    • b) politics and government of a foreign country
    • c) international relations
  • Sociology: two courses which include one course that deals with the basic concepts of Sociology and one course that deals with either
    • a) structural analysis
    • b) social psychological analysis or
    • c) cultural anthropology
  • Economics: one introductory course
  • Geography: one course in world geography
  • Quantitative methods: one course, selected with the approval of the Social Science advisor.

Please see the College of the Pacific Social Science advisor for a list of specific course recommendations for all courses required for the major. It is recommended (but not required) that freshmen and newly declared majors take HIST 001 Chair's Seminar.

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in social science.

Major Requirements

  • ECON 051 Economic Principles and Problems          
  • HIST 020 United States History I  
  • HIST 021 United States History II
  • HIST 130 History of California        
  • INTL 113 World Geography for the Social Sciences              
  • POLS 041 U.S. Government and Politics    

Select one of the following groups of World History courses:

  • Group
    • A HIST 010 Western Civilization I
    • HIST 011 Western Civilization II   
  • Group B
    • HIST 050 World History I 
    • HIST 051 World History II

Select one of the following non-U.S., non-European courses:    

  • HIST 030 East Asian Civilization I  
  • HIST 031 East Asian Civilization II 
  • HIST 040 Colonialism in Latin America       
  • HIST 041 The Problem with Latin America               
  • HIST 151 People's History of Mexico         

Select one of the following basic sociology courses:        

  • SOCI 021 Culture and Society        
  • SOCI 031 Deviant Behavior            
  • SOCI 051 Introduction to Sociology            
  • SOCI 071 Foundations of Sociology            

Select one of the following analysis courses:      

  • ANTH 053 Cultural Anthropology  
  • SOCI 079 Social Psychology            
  • SOCI 093 Environment and Society
  • SOCI 108 Food, Culture and Society           
  • SOCI 123 Sex and Gender              
  • SOCI 125 Sociology of Health and Illness  
  • SOCI 141 Prejudice and Racism    

Select one of the following local government courses:  

  • POLS 104 Urban Government       
  • POLS 106 California Government and Politics         

Select one of the following:        

  • POLS 051 Introduction to International Relations 
  • POLS 160 Theories of International Politics              
  • POLS 162 International Organization          
  • POLS 164 International Political Economy 
  • POLS 166 International Conflict and Conflict Management               
  • POLS 168 Comparative Foreign Policy        
  • POLS 170 U.S. Foreign Policy          
  • POLS 172 Inter-American Relations            

Recommended for CSET (Optional)        

  • EDUC 140 Transformational Teaching and Learning              
  • EDUC 141 Transformational Teaching and Learning Practicum         

Select one of the following psychology courses:                

  • PSYC 031 Introduction to Psychology         
  • PSYC 131 Adolescence and Young Adulthood