Social Science, B.A.

This program offers students an overview of human and social behavior emphasizing the interdisciplinary perspectives of anthropology, economics, history, political science and sociology.

Students who earn their undergraduate Social Science degree at NLU and wish to teach high school Social Sciences should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education program. 

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion
  • Requires 50 QH of upper level program coursework
  • 50 QH of upper level courses required in the program must be taken at NLU
  • Requires a minimum grade of “C” in 50 QH of upper level program courses
  • Credit by examination, portfolio and proficiency are accepted for general education and elective credit
  • Requires ECT – English Competency Test OR completing LAE 101 and LAE 102 at NLU with a grade of “C” or better

Required Courses

Communications

LAE 101English Composition I

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

LAT 210Effective Speaking

5

Humanities

One Philosophy course. The courses below are recommended:

LAH 110Introduction to Philosophy

5

LAH 120Logic and Effective Thinking

5

LAH 305Philosophy of Values and Ethics

5

LAH 325Death, Dying and Near-Death Experiences

5

Fine Arts

One or more Fine Arts courses to total 5 QH

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM 110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

5

and

LAM 106Basic Statistics

5

or

LAM 216Statistical Methods

5

Physical and Life Sciences

One Life Science course and one Physical Science course

Social Sciences

One introductory Social Science course and one U.S. History course. The courses below are recommended:

LAS 105Introduction to Sociology

5

or

LAS 110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

or

LAS 115Introduction to Economics

5

or

LAS 118Introduction to Politics

5

or

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

and

LAS 200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

5

or

LAS 201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

5

or

LAS 203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

5

Behavioral Science

LAP 100General Psychology

5

Sociology and Anthropology Program Requirements - 20 QH

Choose 20 QH from the courses below:

INT 310Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

5

LAS 240Human Origins

5

LAS 303Sub-Saharan African Cultures

5

LAS 313The Metropolitan Community

5

LAS 342Folklore

LAS 405Social Problems

5

LAS 420Social Theory

5

LAS 441Urban Anthropology

5

Political Science Program Requirements - 20 QH

Choose 20 QH from the courses below:

LAS 118Introduction to Politics

5

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

LAS 310International Relations

5

LAS 316Comparative Politics

5

LAS 319Elections and Electoral Behavior

5

LAS 321American Political Ideas

5

LAS 450Political Theory

5

LAS 458Public and Social Policy in the Legislative Process

5

Economics Program Requirements - 15 QH

Choose 15 QH from the courses below:

LAS 115Introduction to Economics

5

LAS 250Macroeconomics

5

LAS 255Microeconomics

5

History Program Requirements - 20 QH

Choose 20 QH from the courses below:

LAS 200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

5

LAS 201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

5

LAS 203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

5

LAS 302Asian History and Culture

5

LAS 301Western History and Culture to 1650

5

LAS 304Middle and South American Cultures

5

LAS 305Western History and Culture since 1650

5

LAS 311Racial and Ethnic History and Culture

5

LAS 495Social ScienceSpecial Topic

1 TO 5

Note: For LAS 495, the Special Topic must be in History.

Electives - 45 QH

Choose 45 QH of elective courses