Social Sciences - BA

  • Social Sciences

    • Description
    • Courses
    • Faculty
    • Alumni Success

    Program Contact: Dr. Michael Klausner

    Note: We are no longer accepting new students into this program. If you have a question regarding this major or another, please contact our  Academic Advising Center 

    Do you want a major that's flexible? No, we mean really flexible. Want to take the courses you're interested in? Then our Social Sciences major may be perfect for you.

    You'll design your own program. For real. You'll choose courses from the following areas: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology. We designed the program this way so you will learn how the social sciences relate to various topics that interest you. Topics such as war, poverty, inequality. 

    And, because our program is so flexible, it's especially attractive if you're a working adult. Our program will allow you to balance work and academics.

    Many of our Social Sciences graduates are teachers. Others are in many of the "helping people" professions, such as social work. Still others have gone to graduate school.

    What you can do with a degree in Social Sciences. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    The social sciences major consists of 15 courses (45 credits), 14 of which are distributed in three of seven areas of concentration: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Five courses (15 credits) must be at the 1300 level or above.

    Discipline Areas Select Three Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

    Area Requirements

    Total Credits for Major:  45

    Fass Warren

    Dr. Warren Fass

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences


    235E Swarts Hall

    Klausner Michael

    Dr. Michael Klausner

    Associate Professor of Sociology


    203C Swarts Hall

    Lawson Helene

    Dr. Helene Lawson

    Director of Sociology Program, and Professor of Sociology


    205A Swarts Hall

    Leck Kira

    Dr. Kira Leck

    Associate Professor of Psychology


    235C Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Behavioral specialist at Perseus House in Erie, PA