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Bachelor of General Studies in Social Science

A degree in social science provides you with the opportunity to develop skills that employers value in employees. These include: oral and written communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem solving skills. This program gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of topics ranging from history to culture to politics. The BGS in Social Sciences allows students to consider their own interests, career goals, and even personality in their education because of the broad selection of courses offered, making your experience more intellectually rewarding. Many of the skills that are gained on a social sciences degree are highly sought after in almost every job.

Program Description

The Bachelor of General Studies in Social Sciences degree offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you'll develop the analysis and communication skills that employer’s value, in subjects that have relevance to the global society in today’s world. Courses are offered online, at night or a hybrid of both. Courses are scheduled in the spring, summer and fall, offering you the flexibility to complete the program on your timeline. Specific skills you will learn include:

  • Organize your work and meet tight deadlines
  • How to precisely convey meaning
  • Summarize, argue and debate your ideas
  • Research, select, analyze, organize and present information

Since you choose the courses to take, you take control of your learning.  You’ll be pushed to expand your ideas and widen your views, while determining the specific topics important to your life and career path. You can be confident that the skills and concepts taught in social sciences will position you strongly when taking the next step in life. Degree in social sciences is highly sought after in almost every job due to the breadth of coursework.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Articulate the ways in which the different social science disciplines reflect social reality
  • Identify similarities and differences among the social science disciplines and describe the way the social science disciplines differs from humanities.
  • Understand and use analytical and research methods of the different social science disciplines that relate to understanding social reality or social issues. 
  • Communicate social science concepts and terminology effectively. 
  • Critically analyze social science issues within larger historical and global contexts. 
  • Synthesize concepts and research methods from different social science disciplines and apply these to particular social issues. 
  • Communicate effectively in both speech and writing



Total Major Credits (24 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)

Courses must be selected from at least two but no more than three areas in the social sciences. 
There cannot be more than four courses from a single discipline. 
Four (4) courses at the 100 or 200 level 
Four (4) courses at the 300 or 400 level 

Core Curriculum (30 credits)

Includes two writing courses (including, Expository Writing or the equivalent); a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audiences; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits. 

Electives (66 credits)

Total credits required to graduate (120 credits) 


  • Instill knowledge that we as a people are interconnected, and that individual behavior and attitudes can directly influence society
  • Endeavor an appreciation of the need for life long learning
  • Engage students to critically consider their role in society, their community, and how they affect change to make the world a better place