Social Science B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Matthew T. Downey, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Location: McKee Hall 227

Telephone: 970.351.2929


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Required Minor Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This emphasis prepares students for careers in human services, research, program planning, graduate school and law school. Examples of human services careers include positions such as agency management, probation counseling, environmental and social impact analysis, city planning and local, state and federal government positions.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • A minimum of 21 semester credits of the 24 credits required for the Additional Major Credits must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Students selecting this emphasis must complete a minor in a discipline of their choice.
  • In addition to the credits for the minor, these students must take additional elective courses to have sufficient credits for graduation. Students taking a minor in Economics, Geography, History or Political Science cannot count credit received for that minor toward the Elective Major Credits.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required LAC — 12 credits

LAC area 4 — History

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877


LAC area 5.a. — Economic and Political Systems

ECON 203Principles of Macroeconomics


LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

SOC 100Principles of Sociology


LAC area 8 — Multicultural Studies

Choose 1 of the following courses:

AFS 100Introduction to Africana Studies


MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American Studies


WS 101Women in Contemporary Society


Remaining LAC — 28 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 45 credits

Take all of the following courses — 24 credits

ANT 100Introduction to Anthropology


ECON 205Principles of Microeconomics


GEOG 100World Geography


HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present


PSCI 100United States National Government


SOSC 150Social Sciences: A Global Perspective


SOSC 350Community Research and Engagement


SOSC 400Senior Seminar


ANT 100: LAC area 5.c.

Additional Major Credits — 21 credits

Economics 3 semester credits


Geography 6 semester credits


History 6 semester credits


Political Science 6 semester credits


3. Required Minor — 18 credits

4. University-Wide Credits — 17 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 17 credits.