Course Catalog

Department of Social Sciences

FACULTY

Chair: Associate Professor T. Vanderburg

Professors: D. Ellington, R. Munoz, D. Yelton

Associate Professors: M. Kuchinsky, D. Sykes

Instructor: B. Cox

 

MISSION STATEMENT

In conjunction with the University's mission as an institution of Christian, liberal arts-based higher education, the Social Sciences Department at Gardner- Webb strives to facilitate student development of the intellectual skills needed to understand and explain significant issues in the realms of politics, society, and the human past.

 

GOALS

To provide for all its students, both in core and upper level courses:

 

  1. an awareness of the major social, political, and historical contexts of various world cultures both past and present, and
  2. the intellectual skills and attitudes needed to understand and function effectively in contemporary society.

 

To provide students in its major and minor programs with:

 

  1. preparation for careers such as teaching, research, social work or governmental service, and
  2. a foundation for continued study in graduate or professional schools.

 

For students in the Social Studies secondary licensure program, to:

 

  1. provide assurance that the candidate acquires an understanding of the social, political, geographical, economic, and religious forces operating in society;
  2. provide in-depth preparation in history and the social sciences plus an intensive study in one or more of the major disciplines;
  3. provide for development of the social studies skills required in formulating objectives, selecting content, using effective teaching strategies and evaluating learning; and
  4. instill in the candidate an awareness of the need for continuing education and professional development.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student who chooses to major in a field of study offered by the department will demonstrate:

 

  1. a depth of content knowledge in the major discipline;
  2. effective research skills relevant to the major discipline;
  3. the ability to identify and analyze significant issues in the major discipline; and
  4. effective writing and oral communication skills.

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY

The department offers seven majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:

 

Global Studies

History

History with Teacher Licensure (Secondary)

Political Science

Social Sciences

Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure (Secondary)

Sociology

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

Global Studies

History

Criminal Justice

Political Science

Social Sciences

Sociology

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

NOTE: A student who elects to take HIST 245, POLS 202, or ECON 203 as part of the American Heritage Dimension of the university’s core curriculum may count that course(s) toward meeting relevant major requirements. However, only three hours of credit will be awarded for each course taken.

 

NOTE: With prior consent of the department chair, Honors 400 (Honors Research) and Honors 401 (Senior Honors Thesis) may by used to satisfy 6 of the 30-33 hours required for departmental majors in History, Political Science, Sociology, and Social Science.

 

NOTE: A complete description of the Global Studies program can be found at the conclusion of the Department of Social Sciences section of the catalog.

 

GLOBAL STUDIES (39 HOURS , MINIMUM)

- SSCI 205 (3 hours)

- POLS 311 (3 hours)

- Language Study (Two courses of a language beyond the minimum general education requirements for French, German, or Spanish) (6 hours)

- Concentrations (The student will select to concentrate in either “Global Systems”, “Regional Studies”, or “Intercultural Studies”. At least three courses will be taken in one concentration, with at least one course being taken in the remaining concentrations. Minimum requirements fluctuate on account of laboratory expectations in environmental science courses. Consult with Global Studies Coordinator on applicable courses across GWU departments.) (21 hours minimum)

- International Experience or Internship (Consult with Global Studies Coordinator) (3 hours)

- GLST 490 (3 hours)

 

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HISTORY (33 HOURS)

All courses selected must be at or above the 200 level and include:

HIST 200 (should be taken during the sophomore year prior to taking any 300 or 400 level course) (3 hours)

American history electives (a minimum of 9 hours)

Non-American history electives, including at least one non-Western course (a minimum of 9 hours)

 

The required minor may be selected from any of the university offerings.

 

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HISTORY WITH TEACHER LICENSURE (33 HOURS)

All courses selected must be at or above the 200 level and include:

 

  • Minimum 9 hours US History (must include HIST 244-245: US History Survey)
  • Minimum 9 hours European History (must include one pre-19th Century course)
  • Minimum 3 hours Non-Western (POLS 311: Comparative Politics, POLS 351: Politics of Developing Areas, POLS 352: African Politics, POLS 353: Middle Eastern Politics, POLS 355: Asian Politics, POLS 401: Comparative Political Economy or relevant POLS 430: Special Topics, or RELI 346: World Religions)
  • 9 hours HIST electives (may include up to six hrs. of other non-Western courses listed above)
  • 3 hrs. Methods (HIST 200: Introduction to Historical Study which should be taken during the sophomore year prior to taking any 300 or 400 level course)

 

Candidates choosing the History with Teacher Licensure Major must also:

 

  • complete a Social Sciences for Teacher Licensure Minor as described in the following section entitled “Minor Fields of Study Detail.”
  • in the Core Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry select either BIOL 104: Environment for their Life Science course or GEOL 105: Oceanography and Meteorology or GEOL 106: Environmental Geology for their Physical Science course.
  • produce and formally present, utilizing relevant technology, a substantial, quality research project to demonstrate their depth of content knowledge and their acquisition of analytical, research and communications skills. This is a NCDPI licensure requirement.
  • complete a Professional Education Minor consisting of 32 total hours including the following courses: Education 250, 316, 350, 432, 440, 450 and Psychology 303. NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the non-Student Teaching hours in the Professional Education minor (i.e. 10 hours) until they have been formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program as outlined in the School of Education’s section of this catalog (entitled “Admission to the Teacher Education Program”). All candidates must be fully admitted in the Teacher Education Program for a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach; ideally candidates should complete the admission process no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year.
  • make a grade of C or better in all courses counted towards meeting any state mandated content or professional competency.
  • consult the Secondary Social Studies Licensure Coordinator, Dr. David Yelton, to stay current with licensure requirements.

 

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POLITICAL SCIENCE (30 HOURS)

POLS 201 and 202 (6 hours)

Any POLS elective courses (24 hours)

The required minor may be selected from any of the university offerings.

 

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SOCIAL SCIENCES (33 HOURS)

Any HIST elective courses (6 hours)

Any POLS elective courses (6 hours)

Any SOCI elective courses (6 hours)

Any ECON elective course (3 hours)

Any courses offered by the department at the 300 or 400 level (9 hours)

One methods course, e.g. HIST 200, SOCI 311 (3 hours)

 

The required minor may be selected from any of the university offerings.

 

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SOCIAL SCIENCES WITH TEACHER LICENSURE (33 HOURS)

All courses selected must be at or above the 200 level and include:

 

  • 6 hours United States History (HIST 244-245: US History Survey)
  • Minimum 6 hrs. SOCI (from SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology, SOCI 202: Social Problems, SOCI 310: Social Psychology or SOCI 400: Minority Groups or relevant SOCI 430: Special Topics)
  • Minimum 6 hours Political Science (must include POLS 202: American Political Process, plus one additional POLS course)
  • 3 hours Economics (ECON 203: Principles of Economics I)
  • 9 hours Social Sciences electives (ECON 204: Principles of Economics II, RELI 346: World Religions, any SOCI listed above or any POLS course)
  • 3 hrs. Methods (HIST 200: Introduction to Historical Study which should be taken during the sophomore year prior to taking any 300 or 400 level course)

 

Candidates choosing the Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure Major must also:

 

  • complete a History for Teacher Licensure Minor as described in the following section entitled “Minor Fields of Study Detail.”
  • in the Core Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry select either BIOL 104: Environment for their Life Science course or GEOL 105: Oceanography and Meteorology or GEOL 106: Environmental Geology for their Physical Science course.
  • produce and formally present, utilizing relevant technology, a substantial, quality research project to demonstrate their depth of content knowledge and their acquisition of analytical, research and communications skills. This is a NCDPI licensure requirement.
  • complete a Professional Education Minor consisting of 32 total hours including the following courses: Education 250, 316, 350, 432, 440, 450 and Psychology 303. NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the non-Student Teaching hours in the Professional Education minor (i.e. 10 hours) until they have been formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program as outlined in the School of Education’s section of this catalog (entitled “Admission to the Teacher Education Program”). All candidates must be fully admitted in the Teacher Education Program for a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach; ideally candidates should complete the admission process no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year.
  • make a grade of C or better in all courses counted towards meeting any state mandated content or professional competency.
  • consult the Secondary Social Studies Licensure Coordinator, Dr. David Yelton, to stay current with licensure requirements.

 

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SOCIOLOGY (30 HOURS)

SOCI 201, 311, 330, 396 (12 hours)

Any SOCI elective courses (18 hours)

NOTE: No substitutions are allowed for SOCI/PSYC 396.

 

The required minor may be selected from any of the university offerings.

 

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SECOND MAJOR

A student seeking a second major in any field of study offered by the Department of Social Sciences must meet the criteria outlined above for each major.

 

NON-WESTERN COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Currently the department offers the following non-Western courses: POLS 311, 351, 352, 353, 355, 401 (African or Asian themed), and

 

POLS 430: Special Topics. Departmental approval is required to count other courses as meeting non-Western requirements.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

NOTE: A student who elects to take HIST 245, POLS 202, or ECON 203 as part of the American Heritage Dimension of the university’s core curriculum may count that course(s) toward meeting relevant minor requirements. However, only three hours of credit will be awarded for each course taken.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (18 HOURS)

CJC 410, 420, 430, 440, 450, or 497, SOCI 313, 411, or 415,

POLS 314, MGMT 400, or HEWE 401

 

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GLOBAL STUDIES (18 HOURS)

SSCI 205, 3 hours of additional language study beyond the General Education Requirements, and a minimum of 12 hours (4 courses) taken from the three concentrations in the major. POLS 311 may be taken and used for any concentration.

 

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HISTORY (18 HOURS)

HIST 244, 245 and 12 additional hours of HIST electives beyond core requirements

 

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HISTORY FOR TEACHER LICENSURE MINOR (18 HOURS)

  • 3 hours United States History (may NOT include HIST 244 or 245)
  • 6 hrs. Modern European History
  • 3 hrs. Non-Western course (POLS 311: Comparative Politics, POLS 351: Politics of Developing Areas, POLS 352: African Politics, POLS 353: Middle Eastern Politics, POLS 355: Asian Politics, POLS 401: Comparative Political Economy or relevant POLS 430: Special Topics, or RELI 346: World Religions)
  • 3 hrs. pre-19th Century History
  • 3 hrs. HIST elective

 

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POLITICAL SCIENCE (18 HOURS)

POLS 201, 202 and 12 additional hours of POLS electives

 

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SOCIAL SCIENCES (18 HOURS)

HIST 244, POLS 201, SOCI 201 and nine additional elective hours of courses offered by the department at the 300 or 400 level

 

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SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR TEACHER LICENSURE MINOR (18 HOURS)

  • Minimum 6 hours Political Science (must include POLS 202: American Political Process, plus one additional POLS course)
  • Minimum 6 hours Sociology (from SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology, SOCI 202: Social Problems, SOCI 310: Social Psychology or SOCI 400: Minority Groups or relevant SOCI 430: Special Topics)
  • 3 hours Economics (ECON 203: Principles of Economics I)
  • 3 hrs. elective (ECON 204: Principles of Economics II , RELI 346: World Religions, any SOCI listed above or any POLS course other than those counted in categories above)

 

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SOCIOLOGY (18 HOURS)

SOCI 201 and 15 additional hours of SOCI electives

 

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete HIST 101 and 102 (or equivalent) as part of the general education core curriculum. Transfer students seeking Social Studies licensure must also complete SSCI 205 or RELI 245 (or equivalent) as well as BIOL 104 or GEOL 105 or 106 (or equivalent).