Curriculum: B.A. in Social Sciences at Marylhurst

student marylhurst iconAs a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences program, you will gain the skills necessary in gerontology, anthropology and sociology in order to successfully understand how life experiences are shaped by individual relationships and social institutions. Upon graduation, you will feel confident analyzing an array of issues from a social science perspective and within social, cultural and historical contexts.

  The B.A. in Social Sciences program is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2017. 

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Social Sciences Curriculum & Degree Requirements

To earn your bachelor’s in Social Sciences from Marylhurst, you will complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Major requirements (60 credits)

  • Core – you will take courses that provide a foundation in social sciences. Sample course titles include:
    • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
    • Intro to Anthropology
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Research Methods
    • History and Philosophy of the Human Sciences
  • Major electives – select coursework in a variety of social science disciplines like anthropology, gerontology, psychology, sociology and human studies to fine-tune your social sciences degree.
  • Senior paper or internship
    Whether you choose to do the paper or complete an internship, we provide support for both, including help with internship placement.

Marylhurst Core (44 credits)

Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.

General electives (76 credits)

Choose courses outside of social sciences from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to better define your career focus. Most Marylhurst incoming students transfer in credit from their previous college work or through our Prior Learning Assessment program.

Focus on Gerontology

Marylhurst’s social sciences program includes a special concentration in Gerontology. As part of this focused program route, you will take courses that feature aging-centered content, issues related to aging, challenges facing the aging population and industries that helping the aging population.

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Gerontology concentration that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

No Foreign Language Required in the Social Sciences Curriculum

Marylhurst’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs don’t require the typical two years of foreign language. Instead, students focus on major courses within the social sciences curriculum and complete a general Marylhurst core that features content aimed at increasing knowledge and skills in the liberal arts – such as critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and multicultural competency.

Social Sciences Program Outcomes

student marylhurst circle iconAs a Social Sciences graduate from Marylhurst, you will:

  • Analyze the distinctions between and commonalities among the social sciences disciplines.
  • Acquire an understanding of the central theoretical approaches used in the social sciences disciplines.
  • Acquire an understanding of the central methodological approaches used in the social sciences disciplines.
  • Explore the historical and philosophical origins and development of the social sciences disciplines.
  • Understand and enact the processes of scholarly inquiry to explore questions appropriate for social scientific theorizing and researching.
  • Apply social scientific understanding through independent research or practice.

Transfer in Your Previous College Credit

Most of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and many students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core or General Electives requirements completed.

Degree Completion

The average time to complete the B.A. in Social Sciences program is three years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit, reducing the investment of time and financial resources necessary to earn their degree.

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Social Sciences program that shows you classes in the program and how  (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

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