Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Create a diverse foundation in knowledge, develop critical thinking skills and cultural insights, and work to create a better world.
The social sciences are a core part of a liberal arts education. Concerned with the human world and society, this field investigates the economy, human behavior, social institutions, and politics.

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Why Earn a Social Science Minor?

Many of our faculty members in the social sciences are considered experts in their fields and have written hundreds of books and articles. They’ve also earned recognition from the:

  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Southern Economic Association
  • American Political Science Association

After earning a minor in social science, you will have a greater understanding of societal needs, diverse cultures and individual responsibility. You will possess a greater understanding of culture diversity and global issues, as well as communication and digital skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce.

Social Science Minor Highlights

We can help fund your education with financial assistance and scholarships. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers various scholarships based on academic performance.
Student organizations focusing on the social sciences help students network and learn more about particular fields of study. Among them are the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, the Geography Club and the Anthropology Student Association.

Social Science Minor Courses You Could Take

Community Engagement through Action Research (3 hrs)
Focuses on various approaches to action research by engaging the community as experts and active collaborators and by thinking about and doing anthropology differently. Action oriented learning and research to create social change attempting to democratize the process of research and the relationships between the university and community.
Psychobiology of Stress: The Mind-Body Connection (3 hrs)
The biology of the stress response is detailed. The effects of this response on a number of topics including but not limited to aging, memory and depression are discussed. The effects of the stress response on immunity and illness are highlighted.
Law and Economics (3 hrs)
Introduction to the mutual interaction between legal systems and economic activity. Topics include an introduction to legal systems and institutions, legal analysis, application of economic concepts to various legal doctrines, contracts, torts, criminal law, constitutional law, regulation and antitrust. Emphasis is placed on using economic theory to develop and test hypotheses regarding the effects of laws on incentives and economic behavior, the allocation of resources, and the distribution of income.
Geo-literacy: Thinking in Space (3 hrs)
Examines core geographic concepts and their applications across disciplines as part of a multidisciplinary approach to solving big-picture problems. Cannot apply to the Geography major.
Comparative Public Policy (3 hrs)
Public policy and policy making in Westernized democratic nations. Analysis and evaluation of public policies. Introduction to cross-national policy study techniques.
Contemporary Social Problems (3 hrs)
Exploration of past and current social problems related to social inequality, problems of deviance and conformity, and social institutions through the lens of sociological theoretical perspectives. Emphasis may vary, but the focus is on social problems related to wealth and power, the environment, poverty, crime and justice, the economy, work, family, and/or health care.

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