Social Science (B.S.)

A Social Science degree from Southwestern is the lesser-known brother of the History degree. With concentrations in political science, economics and geography, as well as history, graduates with Social Science degrees can do everything those with History degrees can do—and more. Those multiple concentrations make Social Science degree holders especially attractive to a small school. Plus, a Social Science degree is the preferred degree for students wanting to go on to law school.

Teaching is the obvious job people associate with a Social Science degree, but the opportunities are much broader than that. Social Science serves as a great background for jobs in journalism, libraries, public service, public policy, politics, or private business. You may want to pair a History degree with another discipline to open even more doors.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for people with Social Science degrees to increase 11% by 2018. Unemployment for people with Social Science degrees has been about 6.5% in the early 2010s, compared to a national average of 8%. Collegegathering.com reports that the outlook is particularly good for people who can marry the research and analytical skills of history to other jobs.

Earnings

Earnings will vary by job and region. However, here are some earning ranges for a variety of careers: high school history teacher, $30,000 to $63,000; lawyer, $43,000 to $116,000; paralegal, $27,000 to $70,000.

Educational Qualifications

A Social Science degree will help many graduates get entry-level jobs. However, pairing the degree with a graduate degree will usually bring higher rewards. Some careers, such as being a lawyer or teaching in college, mandate graduate degrees. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

 

HIST 111 US History, 1492-1865 ........................................ 3

HIST 112 US History, 1492-1865 ........................................ 3

HIST 201 Historical Methods..............................................3

HIST 225 History of Western Civilization I.......................3

HIST 226 History of Western Civilization II ..................... 3

HIST 242 Historical and Political Geography ...................3

HIST 475 Portfolio Development........................................1

ECON 211 Macroeconomics.............................................. 3

 

History Electives ............................................................18

(nine hours must be non-US courses. Non-US courses are marked with *)

HIST 320 American International Relations

HIST 326 From Colony to Nation, 1607–1783

HIST 331 History of Christianity I*

HIST 332 History of Christianity II 

HIST 335 Establishing a Nation, 1783-1836 

HIST 345 Sectionalism and Civil War, 1836–1865

HIST 355 Reconstruction and Reunion, 1865–1917

HIST 360 History of the British Isles*

HIST 364 Ancient Cultures*

HIST 365 Global Power: US 1917–Present

 

HIST 370 East Asian History* 

HIST 414 Early Modern Europe*

HIST 415 Texas and the West 

HIST 424 Modern Europe* 

HIST 430 Medieval Europe* 

 

may be used to fulfill three hours of the non-US requirement

 

Political Science Electives .................................................6

choose from

POLS 211  National and Texas Constitutions

POLS 220  Intro to Public Policy 

POLS 320 American International Relations 

POLS 360 American National Government

POLS 364 American Constitutional Development

POLS 425 Executive Leadership

 

Social Science Electives.....................................................3

choose from

ECON 212 Microeconomics

SOCI 111 Intro to Sociology 

COMM 110 Communication Media

TOTAL: 49 

 

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life...................................................3

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................................3

HIST 111—American History, 1492-1865 ...............................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

RLGN (lower division) ..............................................................3

TOTAL: 14

Second Semester

HIST 112—American History, 1866 to Present.......................3

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy.........................................3

Physical Science Elective.......................................................4

Fine Arts Elective....................................................................3

COMM 111 Speech.................................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Second Year

First Semester

HIST 225—Western Civilization I.............................................3

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitutions ...........................3

ENGL 220— Research Writing..................................................3

Life Science...............................................................................4

ECON 211—Macroeconomics...................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Second Semester

HIST 226—Western Civilization II ...........................................3

HIST 201—Historical Methods .................................................3

RLGN Elective...........................................................................4

SOCI 111—Introduction to Sociology .....................................3

Elective....................................................................................3

KINA Activity Elective...............................................................1

TOTAL: 16

Third Year

First Semester

HIST Electives...........................................................................6

ENGL Literature Elective ..........................................................3

Electives ..................................................................................3

POLS 320—American Intl. Relations .......................................3

KINA Activity Elective...............................................................1

TOTAL: 16

Second Semester

HIST Electives .......................................................................6

HIST 312—Historical and Political Geography.......................3

RLGN Elective (Upper Division) .............................................3

Electives ..............................................................................3

TOTAL: 15

Fourth Year

First Semester

HIST 475—Portfolio Development..........................................1

HIST Elective .........................................................................3

RLGN Elective (Upper Division) .............................................3

Electives ...............................................................................9

TOTAL: 16

Second Semester

HIST Electives ......................................................................6

Electives ...............................................................................9

TOTAL: 15