Undergraduate Social Science Programs

Explore the forces and factors that influence culture and society.

You’ll learn to think critically about human interaction both on an individual, person-to-person level as well as the broader relationships of governments and cultures.


What You’ll Learn

Within the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree program, learning extends beyond the classroom environment. As a social science major, you will participate in reality-based learning opportunities and gain real-life insight from field trips to sites such as group homes, courtrooms, and prisons. You will also be able to supplement your learning with an independent research seminar, an internship for academic credit, or an international experience through our study abroad program.

Available Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University General Education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 33 hours of social science courses and 15–20 required minor hours. Minors within the department of social sciences are offered in Museum Studies, History, Political Science, Social Sciences, and Sociology.

Students will study topics including Economics, Political Science, History, and Sociology.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

Second Major in Social Science

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

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

Social Science Minor

A minor in Social Science requires 18 credit hours of coursework in both required and elective courses. Required courses include Survey of United States History to 1877 (HIST 244), Introduction to Political Science (POLS 201) and Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 201).

For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

With a degree in social science, you’ll gain flexible skills in writing, research, and more giving you diverse career options in business, communication, education, research, writing, government, politics, and social work.

Many GWU alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and law school at universities like George Washington, George Mason, and UC Davis.

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