Social Sciences Program (AA or BS)

The social science program of courses deals with mankind’s political, social, economic and psychological interrelatedness as studied in the fields of sociology, history, political science, communication studies, economics and psychology. Students in this program develop and refine their insights into human behavior through a wide range of social observation, inquiry and study. By allowing a considerable degree of freedom in choosing electives, the program permits a meaningful flexibility not found in more restrictive curricula.

Qualifications

Students must maintain an overall 2.0 cumulative average to graduate with a degree from Canisius.

Advisement

All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Students interested in pursuing this degree at either the major or Associates level should contact the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Curriculum

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with a bachelor's degree with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Canisius Core Curriculum or All-College Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum number of credits required for graduation. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree may vary depending on the student's major(s) and minor(s).

Major Requirements

The associate of arts degree program in social sciences requires the completion of 60 credits of coursework. This program has two basic purposes:

  1. It offers an immediate degree goal for students seeking a general introduction to the social sciences (psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and anthropology); and
  2. It provides a basic foundation for those who wish to go on for a bachelor’s degree.

The program contains a second track designed for the prospective business major. Students who plan baccalaureate studies in the future are encouraged to choose the track which is more appropriate for them. If a student remains at Canisius College, all of the coursework in the associate degree program is transferable and applicable to the bachelor’s program.

Social Sciences Track

Required Courses
MAT 106Calculus for the Non-Sciences3
MAT 131Statistics for Social Sciences3
Social Science Electives
Select three of the following area sequences:18
Principles of Macroeconomics
and Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Psychology I
and Introduction to Psychology II
The American Constitution
and American Political Process
Introduction to Sociology
and Contemporary Social Problems
Total Credits24

Business Track

Required Courses
MAT 105Finite Mathematics3
MAT 106Calculus for the Non-Sciences3
ECO 101Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 102Principles of Microeconomics3
ACC 201Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Managerial Accounting3
Electives
2 courses from the business core
Total Credits18

Other Associate’s Degree Regulations

The basic residency requirement for A.A. degrees is 30 credit hours, at least 15 of which must be completed in traditional classroom situations. No more than 30 credits may be transferred from another institution. Not all courses at other institutions are applicable to the associate degree, and transfer students are required to have a transfer evaluation completed by the college.

For more information contact the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Curriculum

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with a bachelor's degree with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Canisius Core Curriculum or All-College Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum number of credits required for graduation. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree may vary depending on the student's major(s) and minor(s).

Major Requirements

The BS Social Science degree allows students to self-design a program of study or to complete their Bachelor’s degree outside the normal guidelines of more traditional majors. Students may choose this major as means of completing their degree, especially for those returning to college years after they first enrolled.

Basic Social Sciences
Select four courses each from four of the following departments, for a total of 16 courses:48
Communication Studies:
Select two of the following:
Dynamic Presentations
Strategic Communication Theory
Writing for Contemporary Media
Relational Communication
Media Literacy
Introduction to Research Methods
Plus two 300/400 level courses
Economics:
Principles of Macroeconomics
and Principles of Microeconomics
Plus two 300/400 level courses
History:
History of the United States: The Colonial Period to Reconstruction
and History of the United States: 1877 to the Present
Plus two 300/400 level courses
Political Science:
The American Constitution
and American Political Process
Plus two 300/400 level courses
Psychology:
Introduction to Psychology I
and Introduction to Psychology II
Plus two Psychology courses above 100 level
Sociology:
Introduction to Sociology
and Contemporary Social Problems
Plus two 300/400 level courses
Additional Courses
Three additional 300/400 level courses in one of the chosen departments: Interdisciplinary courses may be substituted for one or more department courses
MAT 131Statistics for Social Sciences3
Social Sciences Methods - Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Total Credits54