Bachelor of Arts
This degree enables students whose broad interest in the social sciences encompasses a range of disciplines and courses not typically found within a single academic unit or program.
Working with a dedicated academic advisor, students devise a program of study which meets their academic or career goals as well as WSU degree standards. Students include coursework to satisfy all University Core Requirements (UCORE) and any additional graduation requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Contact an advisor to review the current list of approved Plan A or Plan B areas, or make an appointment to discuss your ideas.
Plan A—Primary/Secondary Concentration
A minimum of 24 semester credits, including at least 15 hours at the 300–400 level, must be completed in a single social science department or published program and with a minimum 2.00 primary concentration GPA.
A minimum of 15 semester credits, including at least six (6) hours at the 300–400 level, must be completed in different academic department, program, or area published in the catalog, with a minimum 2.00 GPA.
Plan B—Three Related Areas in Social Sciences
A combination of social sciences courses totaling at least 39 hours involving three (3) academic areas with a minimum of nine (9) hours in each of the three areas. At least 21 of the 39 hours must be at the 300–400 level, and the GPA for the 39 hours must be a 2.00 minimum. Students declare the general social sciences major and receive a bachelor of arts in social sciences.
All undergraduate students completing a bachelor of arts degree in humanities or social sciences will engage in a variety of activities designed to further the programs’ learning goals:
- To expose students to a thorough and integrated study of social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, the arts, and other related disciplines as appropriate to the degree pursued, that will allow them to develop a deep, broad, diverse, and transdisciplinary perspective and understanding.
- To expose students to a diversity of ways to integrate and synthesize knowledge from multiple sources.
- To help students develop means of expressing concepts, propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise and technically correct forms appropriate to their professional goals.
- To help students think, react, and work in imaginative ways stimulated by a higher degree of disciplinary synergies that will promote transdisciplinary innovation, and divergent thinking.
A student completing the BA in Social Sciences degree program will be able to:
- Integrate learned skills and knowledge derived from the study of the social sciences and other related disciplines, acquiring the necessary depth and breadth required for a transdisciplinary perspective.
- Demonstrate proficiency in using disciplinary-appropriate methods for research or critical analysis, or for professional performance.
- Communicate conclusions, interpretations, and implications clearly, concisely, and effectively, both orally and in writing for different types of audiences.
- Articulate and apply values, principles, and ideals derived from an individual as well as integrated understanding of their areas of study that demonstrate awareness of current societal challenges.
WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate
All bachelor’s degree requirements are rooted in the Seven Learning Goals, which identify core skills and knowledge that students should develop through their undergraduate studies: Critical and Creative Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning; Scientific Literacy; Information Literacy; Communication; Diversity; Depth, Breadth and Integration of Learning.