College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 428, (651) 962-5686
Papagapitos (ECON), Cory (HIST), High-Pippert (POLS), Smith (SOCI), advisers

The major in the social sciences is intended for the liberal arts student who wishes to become familiar with the perspective of the four disciplines traditionally defined as the social sciences – economics, history, political science, and sociology & criminal justice – and who wishes at the same time to study more intensively one of those disciplines. In requiring both introductory and advanced courses in each of the disciplines, irrespective of the area of concentration, the major provides both opportunity and challenge for the student seriously interested in understanding the order, structure and interrelationships involved in human behavior.

Major in Social Sciences

All Social Science majors must complete either:

HIST 111 Origins of the Modern World to 1550 (4 credits) and HIST 112 The Modern World Since 1550 (4 credits)

HIST 113 Early America in Global Perspective (4 credits) and HIST 114 The Modern U.S. in Global Perspective (4 credits)

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON - One additional course in economics numbered above 300
  • HIST - One history course numbered above 300
  • POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits)
  • POLS - Two additional political science courses
  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 210 Research Methods in Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI - One additional sociology course numbered above 300


  • Twelve additional credits in courses numbered above 300 from one of the following departments: Economics, History, Political Science, or Sociology & Criminal Justice. The choice of these courses is subject to the approval of the department involved.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)