Social & Behavioral Sciences BA

Our global society presents a complex picture of human conditions that can be examined politically, economically, culturally, historically, socially, technologically, and behaviorally. In the Social & Behavioral Sciences major, you will gain knowledge and skills that are necessary for solving many of the world's most pressing social problems.

We integrate seven social scientific fields of study to help you understand the full range of tools social scientists may use to develop innovative solutions. You will also specialize in one of these social sciences to acquire a deeper understanding of some of those tools. We have a special preparation track for those who wish to become high school teachers. In addition, you have the opportunity to take courses in related majors such as Psychology and Global Studies.

Social scientists work in education, business, law, government, non-governmental organizations and civil society at local, national, and global levels, helping to shape discussions and affect positive change through teaching, research, and service.

To learn more about the major, visit the Division of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AA-T certified students can earn a Social & Behavioral Sciences B.A. by completing the special requirements in the following programs:

All other SBS majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete all of the following Social Theory and Application courses:

Complete one of the following courses (UD GE-D credit):

To satisfy the requirements of the SBS major, complete one of the following options:

Concentrations

Please note: Twelve (12) of the units taken to complete a concentration (all of which are upper division) may not be used in fulfillment of other minors or concentrations.

Select and complete one of the following concentrations.

Anthropology Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Archaeology Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete two of the following courses:

Geographic Information Systems Concentration

Complete all of the following course combinations:

Complete one of the following courses:

Political Economy Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following course/course combinations:

Complete one of the following courses:

Social History Concentration

Complete both of the following courses:

Complete one of the following Ethnic Histories courses:

Complete one of the following Global and Transnational History courses:

Complete one of the following History Depth courses:

Sociology Concentration

Complete the following course:

Complete two of the following courses:

Complete two of the following course / course combinations:

Native American Studies Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete two of the following courses:

Minor + Major Electives

Complete a minor from the list below, plus an 8 additional units selected from upper-division SBS concentration courses (see above).

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1  Social Theory

Understand the concepts and principles of both classical and contemporary social theories.

MLO 2  Research Methodology

Collect, manage, and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.

MLO 3  Specialized Competency

Develop a strong knowledge base of at least one of the core disciplines in the Social & Behavioral Sciences: anthropology, archaeology, geography/GIS, social history, Native American studies, political economy, or sociology.

MLO 4  Application

Apply appropriate theories and methods to the study of social issues and problems.