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.

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

Admission Requirements

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.

Major Program of Studies at FSU:  43 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.

Required Coursework:
Students must complete the required course, ISS4304: Contemporary Social Problems and Policy Solutions with a grade of 'C' or higher. This course is applicable to any concentration area within the structure of the major.

Students must also complete ISS 3923: Interdisciplinary Forum with a satisfactory grade.

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 43*
 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.
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