Interdisciplinary Social Science

The cross disciplinary social science minor offers a program of integrated study that exposes students to diverse methodologies, philosophies and controversies that define the social sciences. It is a required minor for secondary education students who wish to teach social studies. The ISS minor incorporates economics, geography, history and political science and is offered in two forms for secondary education students. Secondary education students will major in either history or political science and then complete the ISS minor that corresponds to the major.

Through this minor and the completion of the B.A. degree in history or political science, students will gain the content knowledge necessary for success in secondary education in social studies. Student not selecting the secondary education licensure program may declare either form of the ISS minor.

Minor Requirements

History Major with ISS Minor
Requirements for the history major are on the Department of History page.

Degree Requirements Credit Hours
General Education 1 41
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 2 0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3
Major requirements 37
Minor requirements (listed below) 18

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement test.

Political Science Major with ISS Minor
Requirements for the political science major can be found on the Department of Political Science page.

Degree Requirements Credit Hours
General Education 1 41
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 2 0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3
Major requirements 33-35
Minor requirements (listed below) 18

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures's placement test.

ISS Minor Requirements
To be licensed to teach secondary school social studies, the student must satisfactorily complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in either history or political science and complete the ISS minor that is paired with that major. Courses taken for General Education credit may be double-counted.

ISS for History Majors Credit Hours
Complete all of the following: 9
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government (Must be completed for GenEd credit)  
Choose one:  
GECON 200. Macroeconomics (may double-count)  
ECON 201. Microeconomics  
Choose one:  
GGEOG 200. The Global Dimension  
GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape (should double-count)  
Choose one:  
GEOG 300- or 400-level  
ECON 200-, 300- or 400-level  
Complete three of the following: 9
POSC 302. State and Local Government  
POSC 385. The U.S. Congress  
POSC 362. Political Behavior  
POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections  
POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy  

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ISS for Political Science Majors Credit Hours
Complete all of the following: 9
GHIST 225. U.S. History (Must be completed for GenEd credit)  
Choose one:  
GECON 200. Macroeconomics (may double-count)  
ECON 201. Microeconomics  
Choose one:  
GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape (should double-count)  
GGEOG 200. The Global Dimension  
Choose one:  
GEOG 300- or 400-level  
ECON 200-, 300- or 400-level  
Complete three of the following: 9
HIST 350. Virginia History  
HIST 362. U.S. Religious History  
HIST 356. Afro-American History Since 1865  
HIST 405. Travel and Exploration  
HIST 453. Patterns of Global History  
HIST 456. The Global Economy and Nationalism  

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