Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 45.0101
Major Code ISS
Department Code IDS
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/interdisciplinary-social-science/

The B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) is designed to provide an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences for students who are interested in a broad educational experience. ISS offers a wide choice of courses, and an opportunity to design a quality program geared toward individual needs and interests. Students plan their program in ongoing consultation with the academic advisor.

Mission

The curriculum for the ISS degree at USFSM educates students in critical and creative thinking and develops the organization, presentation, and communication skills called for by many professions and graduate programs.  The ISS major provides an opportunity to blend the study of two selected social science disciplines or fields: anthropology, criminology, environmental science and policy, gerontology, government and international affairs, psychology, sociology, or social work.  By the time students complete the ISS program, they understand the principles, methods, and theories informing the social sciences, as well as the important principles, methods, and theories of two separate social science disciplines.  In a senior seminar, ISS students demonstrate these competencies through an original research project that synthesizes and applies ideas from at least two of the social sciences.

Intended Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles, methods, and theories informing an interdisciplinary analysis of the social sciences.
  • Demonstrate conversance with the important principles, methods, and theories of at least two social science disciplines.
  • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate research from at least two social science disciplines.
  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques of analysis, qualitative and/or quantitative, by synthesizing and evaluating published research and making recommendations for future research.
  • Develop an effective written research paper.

Policies

Students majoring in ISS must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CAS.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

There are no State-Mandated Common Prerequisites for the ISS degree program.

Program of Study

A minimum of 39 semester hours is required of all undergraduate majors in ISS, although students may elect to take more.

  • Students must declare two areas of concentration when they declare the ISS major.
  • The ISS core courses are sequenced and must be spread over a minimum of 4 terms; therefore students should begin taking core courses in the first semester of upper-level work.
  • While students are required to take a minimum of 12-13 credit hours in each concentration, they may elect to take more.
  • A minimum of 30 hours in the ISS major must be the 3000 or above level.
  • All transfer courses must be approved for use in ISS.  No transfer courses with grades below C are acceptable for credit in the ISS major.

Degree Core (15 credits, should be taken at USFSM)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
ISS 3311 Applied Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 PR: STA 2023 Should be taken in the first semester of the major.
ISS 3010 Introduction to Social Sciences 3 None
ISS 3300 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3 PR: ISS 3010, ISS 3311
ISS 3937 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3 PR: ISS 3300
ISS 4939 Senior Capstone Seminar in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 3 PR: ISS 3937

Dual Concentrations

At least 12-13 credits in each concentration
The ISS student chooses two discipline areas and completes a minimum of 12 hours as directed in each area.

Anthropology (ATS) 

The following required course plus 3 upper-level Anthropology courses.  Alternatively students may focus their concentrations on Religion by taking ANT 2000 plus 3 upper-level Religious Studies courses:

Course
Number
Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology  3 None

Criminology (CRS)

The following required courses plus 2 upper-level Criminology Courses:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System  3 None
CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior  3 PR: CCJ 3024

Environmental Science & Policy (ESS)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science 3  None
EVR 2001L Environmental Science Lab 1  None
EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy 3  None
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics 3  None
POS 3697 Environmental Law 3  None

Gerontology (GYS)

The following 3 required courses (9 credit hours):

Course
Number
Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None

Choose one of the following (3 credit hours):

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
GEY 3323 Community Resources for the Older Adult 3  None
GEY 4322 Gerontological Case Management 3  None
GEY 4360 Gerontological Counseling 3  None
GEY 4608 Alzheimer’s Disease Management 3  PR: GEY 2000 or GEY 3326
GEY 4641 Death and Dying 3  None
GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues of Aging 3  None
GEY 4692 Professional Development and Engagement in Aging 3 PR: GEY 3601, GEY 3625, GEY 4612
GEY 4900 Directed Readings 3 None
GEY 4917 Directed Research 3 None

History (HYS)

Any 4 upper-level History courses

Government and International Affairs (GIA)

The following required course plus any 3 upper-level Political Science or International Studies courses:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
POS 2041  American National Government  3  None

Psychology (PYS)

The following required course plus any four (4) upper-level Psychology courses:

Course
Number
Title Credit
Hours
Requisites (KEY) Notes
PSY 2012  Introduction to
Psychological Science
 3  None

Social Work (SWS)

Any 4 of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
SOW 3203 Introduction to Social Work 3 None
SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System
3 None
SOW 3101 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 All provisional major courses. Restricted to full Social Work majors, others by
School permission
SOW 3102 Human Behavior And The Social Environment II 3 SOW 3101, SOW 4341, SOW 4522. Restricted to full Social
Work majors, others by School permission.
SOW 4522 Multicultural America in a Global Society 3 All provisional major courses.

Sociology (SOS)

The following required course plus any 3 upper level Sociology courses;

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
SYA 3110 Classical Theory 3  SYG 2000

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the ISS degree allow for electives outside the major.  Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies by showing a third area of expertise in addition to their two ISS concentrations. Students may elect to pursue any of the following minors that is not one of their ISS concentrations:  Anthropology, Biology, Criminology, English Literature, Business and Technical Writing, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, or Leadership Studies.