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Interdisciplinary Social Science

The interdisciplinary 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. Students 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 requirements3

33-34

Minor requirements (listed below)

26

Electives

2-16


 

120

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.

3 HIST 457 is a required capstone for the ISS minor and must be completed as part of the history major requirements.

Political Science Major with ISS Minor

Requirements for the political science major are 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 requirements3

33

Minor requirements (listed below)

22

Electives

7-21


 

120

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.

3 POSC 457 is a required capstone for the ISS minor and must be completed as part of the political science major requirements.

SS 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.

ISS for History Majors

Credit Hours

HIST 225. U.S. History1

4

POSC 225. U.S. Government1

4

POSC 302. State and Local Government

3

POSC 335. Comparative Politics for Teachers

3

Choose one:

3

ECON 200. Macroeconomics1

 

ECON 201. Microeconomics

 

Choose one:

3

GEOG 200. The Global Dimension1

 

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

 

Choose one:

3

GEOG 300 or 400 level

 

ISS 330. Maps, Money and World Trade

 

Choose one:

3

POSC 362. Political Behavior

 

POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections

 

POSC 380. The U.S. Presidency

 

POSC 385. The U.S. Congress

 

POSC 386. The U.S. Judiciary

 


 

26

1 May double count for general education credit.

ISS for Political Science Majors

Credit Hours

HIST 225. U.S. History (Must be completed for General Education credit)

4

HIST 350. Virginia History

3

Choose one:

3

ECON 200. Macroeconomics (may double-count)

 

ECON 201. Microeconomics

 

Choose one:

3

GEOG 200. The Global Dimension

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape (should double-count)

 

Choose one:

3

GEOG 300 or 400 level

 

ISS 330. Maps, Money and World Trade

 

Choose one Regional Elective:

3

HIST 201. Europe to 1815

 

HIST 202. Europe since 1815

 

HIST 263. Africa

 

HIST 269. Middle and Near East, 500–1500

 

HIST 270. Modern Middle East

 

HIST 273. Asia to 1600

 

HIST 274. Modern Asia

 

Choose one Transnational Elective:

3

HIST 307. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

 

HIST 405. Travel and Exploration

 

HIST 453. Patterns of Global History

 

HIST 456. The Global Economy and Nationalism

 


 

22