Major Requirements

Major available through Weekend College.

Bureaucracy, technology, urbanization, and industrialization have radically transformed the way people live and what they believe. The disciplines of communication, economics, management, history, political science, psychology, and sociology provide the technique and knowledge to investigate the workings and development of modern society. A grasp of the complexity of human behavior and of the dynamics of societal change will enable students to come to terms with the bewildering prospects of living peacefully and comfortable in the modern world.

To satisfy the requirements for the social sciences major, a student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework to include a Primary and Secondary Area of Concentration selected from the disciplines below and SOSC 48000: Social Sciences Capstone. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 35 hours of major coursework at Hiram College.

Social Science Disciplines

  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • Management (excluding accounting & finance courses)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Required Core Coursework: 

  • SOSC 1xxxx Survey of the Social Sciences
  • SOSC 2xxxx Research Methods in the Social Sciences:SM
  • SOSC 48000 Social Sciences Capstone

Primary Area of Concentration: 

Five courses (at least 15 semester hours) must be chosen from one discipline. At least two of these courses must be chosen from the 3/40000 level*. Transfer students must complete at least two of these five courses at Hiram College.

Secondary Area of Concentration: 

Three courses (at least 9 semester hours) must be chosen from a second discipline. At least one of these courses must be chosen from the 3/40000 level*. Transfer students must complete at least one of these three courses at Hiram College.

Electives: 

Additional courses must be chosen from the disciplines listed above to bring the total to at least 40 semester hours. These courses may be distributed across the related departments and disciplines as the student chooses. 

*Note that some disciplines (e.g., History) do not offer coursework at the 3/40000 level. Coursework at the 20000 level will be accepted for those areas of concentration.