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About GSS

General Social Sciences Program

General Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary, undergraduate program that prepares students for success in an interconnected global environment. GSS majors learn how analyze social issues using research and critical thinking. They also develop innovative problem-solving skills, which are applicable towards professional fields like business, government, law, and education. The GSS curriculum provides flexibility in both class schedules and coursework. This allows students to tailor their educations according to their interests, and to balance multiple academic or personal pursuits in their lives.

How It Works

GSS majors take courses on specific social topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students can also earn course credit for internships in their desired fields. The curriculum is divided into 4 distinct concentrations:

  • Applied Economics, Business and Society (AEBS)
  • Crime, Law and Society (CLS)
  • Globalization, Environment, and Policy (GEP)
  • Social Science Teaching (SST)

Each concentration serves as a central focus for required and elective courses within the major. After declaring a concentration, students select courses from a wide range of social sciences departments as well as the university’s professional schools (Business, Education, Journalism, and Planning and Public Policy Management).

The Right Choice

This program is ideal for students who wish to examine specific social issues from diverse points of view. GSS is also a great fit for students with broad interests that seek to explore multiple disciplines within the social sciences.

The General Social Sciences Program welcomes students of all identities and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive intellectual community.

Where to Start

The minimum GPA is a 2.0, similar to the university required GPA. Students can obtain a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS) degree while majoring in GSS. Bachelor of arts degrees require a second year of a second language, and a bachelor of science requires one year of math.

GSS students can change one of their major courses from graded to a P/NP. The university allows students to change three total classes from graded to a P/NP; of those, one can be a GSS major class.

Students interested in becoming a GSS major can declare their major with our online request form or talk with an academic advisor for more information.

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