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Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

(Content below is from the 2010-2011 General Catalog.)

Bachelor of Arts – Major in Social Sciences

with CSET-Social Sciences (California Subject Exams for Teachers)

This major appeals to students with a broad range of interests and those interested in pursuing a social science teaching credential. A minimum of 48 semester units, distributed as follows. History: six courses, including one course in California history, two courses in the history of Western Civilization or World History, two courses in U.S. history and one course in the history of a non-U.S., non-European country or region. Political Science: three courses, including one course in U.S. national government, one course in U.S. state and local government and one course dealing with either a) comparative politics and government, b) politics and government of a foreign country or c) international relations. Sociology: two courses, including one course dealing with the basic concepts of Sociology and one course dealing with either a) structural analysis, b) social psychological analysis or c) cultural anthropology. Economics: one introductory course. Geography: one course in world geography. Quantitative methods: one course, selected with the approval of the Social Science adviser. Please see the College of the Pacific Social Science adviser for a list of specific course recommendations for all courses required for the major. It is recommended (but not required) that freshmen and newly declared majors take HIST 001 Chair’s Seminar.

In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in social science, students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

PACS001 Pacific Seminar 1: What is a Good Society?


PACS002 Pacific Seminar 2: Topical Seminar


PACS003 Pacific Seminar 3: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship



Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
IB. U.S. Studies
IC. Global Studies

Arts and Humanities
IIA. Language and Literature
IIB. Worldviews and Ethics
IIC. Visual and Performing Arts

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
IIIA. Natural Sciences
IIIB. Mathematics and Formal Logic
IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
or a second Natural Science

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more 8 units from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement
Complete one diversity course


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the requirement above can be found in the front Diversity Requirement section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 3) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.


III. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

IV. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:

Quantitative analysis

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

V. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

VI. Major Requirements

ECON051 Economic Principles and Problems


HIST020 United States History I


HIST021 United States History II


HIST130 History of California


INTL113 World Geography for the Social Sciences


POLS041 U.S. Federal Government and Politics


One of the following groups of World History courses:


a. HIST 010 Western Civilization I
    HIST 011 Western Civilization II

b. HIST 050 World History I
    HIST 051 World History II

One of the following non-U.S., non-European courses:


HIST 030 East Asian Civilization I
HIST 031 East Asian Civilization II
HIST 040 Latin American Civilization I
HIST 041 Latin American Civilization II
HIST 151 History of Mexico

Two of the following basic sociology courses;


SOCI 021 Culture and Society
SOCI 031 Deviant Behavior
SOCI 051 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 071 Foundations of Sociology

One of the following analysis courses


ANTH 053 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 079 Social Psychology
SOCI 093 Environment and Society
SOCI 108 Food and Society
SOCI 123 Sex and Gender
SOCI 125 Health and Illness
SOCI 141 Prejudice and Racism

One of the following local government courses


POLS 104 Urban Government
POLS 106 California Government and Politics

One of the following courses


POLS 051 International Politics
POLS 160 Theories of International Politics
POLS 162 International Organizations
POLS 164 International Political Economy
POLS 166 International Conflict and Conflict Management
POLS 168 Comparative Foreign Policy
POLS 170 United States Foreign Policy

POLS 172 Intern American Relations

Recommended for CSET (Optional)
CURR 105X Introduction to Education



One of the following psychology courses:


PSYC 031 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 131 Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Bachelor of Arts – Major in History, Political Science, Economics, or Sociology

with CSET-Social Sciences

Students are encouraged to take courses in World History and/or Western Civilization, United States History, California History, and other courses, as are possible in one's bachelor's degree program, in the courses listed in option 1 listed above.

Students who do not major in social sciences, history, or political science but wish to earn a California Social Sciences Single Subject Credential may want to consider earning a minor in history to help prepare them for the CSET exams. Above are minor coursework options recommended for social sciences teacher preparation.

Students interested in getting a social science credential should contact the School of Education or the social science adviser to determine which preprofessional education courses are required for the Single Subject Credential (Department of Curriculum and Instruction).