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Social Science, Interdisciplinary Program

Description of Major

The Interdisciplinary Program in Social Science is designed to provide a broad background for understanding public affairs and an education for useful citizenship in the American democracy. It is flexible so that students may pursue their own individual specialized and pre-professional interests.

Internet Supported Distance Learning
A bachelor’s degree program is available that enables students with an A.A. Degree to earn an FSU degree without moving to Tallahassee. To be admitted, students must also have completed the University’s Oral Communication Competency requirement and the Computer Skills Competency requirement. Due to limited course availability, it is strongly suggested that students complete 9 semester hours in one of the participating Social Science disciplines, other than Sociology, prior to admission. Instruction is delivered via the web and textbooks. FSU provides an assigned mentor to serve as a learning guide. Students interact with each other, their mentors, and their instructors via e-mail and Web-based discussion groups. For more information, visit the Office of Distance Learning or call (850) 644-4635.

Prerequisite Coursework:
XXX XXXX (6) Two introductory courses in a social science discipline. (Examples: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning.)
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major

Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum FSU GPA of 2.0 and most of the Liberal Studies requirements met, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. Social Science, Interdisciplinary Program

Major Program of Studies at FSU:  42 hours

Participating departments include: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning. Up to 9 of the required 42 hours may also apply to Liberal Studies. Work must be taken in at least 3 departments, and 21 hours must be taken in courses numbered above 2999. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework applied to the major must be maintained.

Interdisciplinary Social Science, General Option (42 hours)  
Students must have:

  1. A primary concentration of 18 hours in one department
  2. A secondary concentration of 12 hours in another department, and
  3. The remaining 12 hours distributed among any of the remaining departments.

Minor:  Neither a minor nor additional coursework is required, although a minor or second major is strongly encouraged.

Computer Skills Competency:  CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3).

Oral Communication Competency:  0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
 Total Hrs. Required 120
 Liberal Studies 36*
 Major Coursework 42*
 Minor Coursework 0
 Computer Skills 3
 Oral Competency 0-3
 Electives to bring total hours to 120
 *NOTE: 9 hours of courses may be used to satisfy both the major and Liberal Studies requirements in History and Social Science, provided courses are selected from participating departments.


  1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  4. Students who plan to earn the B. A. degree must complete both a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers , Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Social Studies Teacher, Management Trainee, Legislative Aid/Analyst, Research Analyst, Probation Officer, Public Administrator, Assistant Planner, Federal Service Worker, Agencies and government.

Representative Employers: Public School Systems, Federal Agencies, City Planning Departments, Large Corporations, County Planning Departments, State Agencies (examples: Division of Youth Services, Div. of Family Services, Dept. of Natural Resources).

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