Social Science

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Penn 301 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 1059

The Liberal Arts: Social Science Emphasis program of study is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college and continue for a bachelor’s degree in one of the following majors: Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology or Geography. This major emphasizes the theoretical and scientific foundations of the social sciences including research methodology and data analysis.

The goals of the Liberal Arts: Social Science Emphasis major are to:

  • provide a liberal arts experience with an emphasis in social science-based theory and practice of the social sciences; and
  • prepare students for transfer to institutions offering bachelor's degree programs in Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology or Geography by acquiring knowledge of theories, concepts and perspectives.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in the social sciences;
  • apply theory to current social and political events that impact local, national and international communities; and
  • prepare and present an original research project that includes research design, data analysis and interpretation.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,H,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II H,2
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics H
3
Science D 3
Creative Expression F 3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
Electives J 9
History L 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge I,H,3
3
Literature K 3
Personal Health E 2
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology
3
POLI111
American National Government
3
SOCI230
Contemporary Social Problems H
3
Social Perspectives C 3
Social Science Electives G 9
COMM110
Effective Speaking K
3
Total Credit Hours 62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,H,1
3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
History L 3
Personal Health E 2
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology
3
Total Credit Hours 14

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II H,2
3
Literature K 3
POLI111
American National Government
3
Social Science Electives G 3
COMM110
Effective Speaking K
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
MATH115
Elementary Statistics H
3
Electives J 3
Social Perspectives C 3
Social Science Elective G 6
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
College Level Science D 3
Creative Expression F 3
Electives J 6
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge I,H,3
3
SOCI230
Contemporary Social Problems H
3
Total Credit Hours 18

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Any of the following may be chosen: ECON111, GEOG110, PSYC110, WMST110.
D Choose among BIOL101, BIOL102, CHEM101, SCIE102.
E Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
F Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA100, VAFA171, VAFA181, COMM110, COMM230, COMT101, MUSC101.
G Students are required to take 9 credits in the social science area including any courses beginning with SOCI, POLI, and GEOG. It is strongly recommended that students take all their social science electives in the major they are planning on declaring at their 4-year institution. For example, if you plan on majoring in Sociology, take all 9 credits in Sociology.
HCourse requires prerequisite.
H Any LITR course except LITR246.
I Any INTG course may be chosen.
JPre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
K Any LITR course except LITR246.
L Any of the following may be chosen: HIST111, HIST112, HIST151, HIST152.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College level Writing II.
3 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

Completion of a non-degree major is not available in this program.