From the interworking of the human brain to the study of ancient civilizations, the Social Sciences program offers an interdisciplinary study of subject areas.

Social science majors develop a broad understanding of human behavior and events, perspective which can be used to develop new ideas and approaches to nearly every aspect of society. Combining this broad foundation with courses taken through FSC's School of Education, the social science major can also prepare students for secondary education certification as regulated by the Florida State Department of Education.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC For Social Science

  • Students are prepared for postgraduate education and all professional settings with courses that emphasize critical skills in reading, writing, researching, and problem solving.
  • Combined with courses in education, the Social Science major is an excellent foundation for students planning careers as educators at the secondary level.
  • A major in Social Science can be applied to many professions, including careers in government, law, administration, education, and social work.
  • Your studies in the Social Science major will enable you to think clearly and critically about the structure and foundations of human behavior and social institutions.
  • The flexibility and compact size of the Social Science program makes it an excellent second major for students already majoring in another field.

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Program Requirements

Social Sciences Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 44 hours
ECO 2207 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEO 3320 Human Geography
or  
GEO 3340 World/Regional Geography
HIS 1115 The West and the World to the Early Modern Era
HIS 1125 The West and the World since the Early Modern Era
HIS 2215 The American Experience through the Civil War
HIS 2225 The American Experience since the Civil War
HIS 3275 History of East Asia
HIS 3355 History of Florida
or  
HIS 3365 History of Modern Latin America
POS 1125 The American Political System
POS 3323 International Politics and Organizations
or  
POS 3327 Topics in Comparative Politics
PSY 1106 Psychology and the Social World
or  
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
or  
D. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
C. Electives 20-28 hours
D. Total 124 hours
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Course Descriptions

Economics

ECO 2207 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Four hours. National income and product accounts; theory of aggregate supply and demand, employment, consumption, investment, price level, economic growth, money, currency exchange, the Federal Reserve, interest rates, and comparative economic systems.

Geography

GEO 3320 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Four hours. A survey of the relationship between geography and culture, including critical analyses of human social issues and approaches to their solutions.

GEO 3340 WORLD/REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
Four hours. A world and regional approach to physical, cultural, economic, and political geography, including emphases on how regional characteristics interact with each other.

History

HIS 1115 THE WEST AND THE WORLD TO THE EARLY MODERN ERA
Four hours. The study of western civilization and its development presented within the context of global history, from human origins to the early-modern era. In addition to looking at the contributions of prominent individuals, the course addresses political, social, economic, religious, intellectual, and aesthetic developments. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), EC-B

HIS 1125 THE WEST AND THE WORLD SINCE THE EARLY MODERN ERA
Four hours. The study of western civilization and its development presented within the context of global history, from the beginning of the early modern era to the present. In addition to looking at the contributions of prominent individuals, the course addresses political, social, economic, religious, intellectual, and aesthetic developments. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), EC-B

HIS 2215 THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR
Four hours. The social, political, economic, and intellectual development of the United States from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War. Traditional topics are surveyed, with a special emphasis on the nation’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), EC-B

HIS 2225 THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
Four hours. The social, political, economic, and intellectual development of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Traditional topics are surveyed, with special emphasis on the nation’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), EC-B

HIS 3275 HISTORY OF EAST ASIA
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the historical development of modern China and Japan with some attention to the surrounding regions. In addition to looking at the contributions of prominent individuals, the course addresses the role structural factors played in shaping the East Asian experience, including culture, modernization, industrialization, imperialism, war, depression, racism, and gender, with a focus on the differing responses of each civilization to westernization. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql, EC-C

HIS 3355 HISTORY OF FLORIDA
Four hours. Same as LAS 3355. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the history of Florida from the Spanish Period to the present. The course examines the major events and personalities in Florida history from chronological and political perspectives. Attention is given to economic, social, and environmental issues that have shaped Florida’s history. Florida’s unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql, EC-C

Pyschology

PSY 1106 PSYCHOLOGY AND THE SOCIAL WORLD
Four hours. Survey of major areas in psychology with emphasis on current foundational areas of the field, including but not limited to the following: theoretical/methodological, developmental, cognitive, social and cultural, and clinical foundations of behavior. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An)

Political Science

POS 3323 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Four hours. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework or permission of the instructor. The course addresses the role of international organizations in global politics, examining the history and functioning of major organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union; we also examine the role of these IOs in addressing contemporary global issues. A significant portion of the class will involve UN and EU simulations, with each student researching and representing the position of a member country. Possible topics covered in the simulations include humanitarian interventions, post-conflict resolution, global financial stability, and immigration policy. Gen Ed: SW (An)

POS 3327 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Four hours. A comparison of the political structure and process of selected states, including both developed and developing political systems in various parts of the world. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Ap)

Sociology

SOC 1100 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Four hours. Globally focused survey of the foundations of society and social behavior, including but not limited to diverse theoretical perspectives at micro and macro levels; research methodological approaches; major contributors to the discipline; basic sociological concepts, processes and applications; the study of major social institutions; and the analysis of social issues and social problems. This course may also be taken, when offered, as INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ONLINE. It is the same course but delivered in online computer format. Gen Ed: MV, SW (Glb, Aw, An)