Program Goals and Objectives

This degree will concentrate on four major emphases in the Applied Science major. It will provide you with 1) social science theoretical perspectives, 2) a solid knowledge base in social science and history, 3) the ability to apply critical thinking and analytic skills to creatively solve practical problems in the social, economic and political arenas, and 4) strong leadership and interpersonal skills in an increasingly diverse and changing workforce. Using social science theoretical perspectives and grounded in social science knowledge, you will be able to apply critical and creative thinking skills to successfully problem-solve in your future employment field. Upon completion of your Applied Social Science degree, you will have skills in data collection, evaluation and analysis, presentation, and problem solving.

The B.S. in Applied Social Science program will provide a comprehensive and challenging academic experience which will prepare you for employment in a broad array of career options by meeting the following general education and program objectives:

General Skills and Abilities

  1. Develop effective reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and be able to utilize contemporary information and communications systems.
  2. Formulate logical and mathematical reasoning related to various branches of knowledge.
  3. Acquire knowledge and skills essential to one's physical and mental well being.
  4. Think creatively, analyze critically, synthesize clearly and act responsibly.
  5. Develop a critically examined value system and a personal code of ethics.

General Knowledge, Appreciation, and Values

With a degree in Applied Social Sciences, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize and appreciate the collective heritage, ideas and values of a multicultural world and demonstrate sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity and the interdependence of groups in a global society.
  2. Understand and appreciate the creativity and imagination expressed in the fine and performing arts to provide a basis for lifelong aesthetic experience.
  3. Comprehend and value the natural and physical Science and their impacts on society.
  4. Recognize and appreciate the inter-relationship between the ideological, sociological and technological adaptive systems and their impact on the human experience and the environment.
  5. Understand the development and consequences of the behavior of individuals, groups and institutions in the context of major social, economic and political forces.
  6. Cultivate a historical and political consciousness.
  7. Recognize the ongoing and connected nature of human experience over the course of a lifetime.

Professional Program Skills Objectives

The following Professional Studies learning outcomes will be achieved. You will be able to:

  1. Understand and articulate the ways in which the different social science disciplines reflect social reality and identify similarities and differences among the social science disciplines.
  2. Describe the way the different social science disciplines address social issues.
  3. Understand and use analytical and research methods of the different social science disciplines that relate to understanding social reality or social issues.
  4. Communicate social science concepts and terminology effectively.
  5. Understand the basic fundamentals of multiculturalism, global perspectives and the contributions of minority and other under-represented populations to a diverse work force.
  6. Synthesize concepts and research methods from different social science disciplines and apply these to particular social issues.