Social Science and Special Programs
The BA in Social Science is designed for students who have
a broad interest in the behavioral and social sciences. At Chico,
the social science program includes the disciplines of anthropology,
child development, economics, geography and planning, health and
community services, history, political science, psychology, sociology,
social work, and gender and multicultural studies.
Social Science Patterns
The breadth pattern is a broad, interdisciplinary 45-unit major. Its primary
intent is to give students a solid liberal arts grounding in the social
The depth pattern is a 45-unit major which consists of 24 units from
one of the primary advising concentrations and 15 units in a secondary
concentration, plus an integrative capstone social science seminar
and an introductory computer course.
The Minor in Applied Social Research Methods is an integrated set of studies
which gives students the skills to research in most areas of the contemporary
The Minor in California Studies provides an integrated set of studies which
will increase students knowledge and understanding of California.
The Minor in Career and Life Planning provides students with skills in
career counseling and occupational resources, and the educational requirement
fo national certification as a Career Develoment Facilitator. Beneficial
to those entering helping professions.
The Minor in Conflict Resolution will give students an introduction to
the burgeoning field of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR. In ADR,
mediation and other alternatives to going to trial are explored. Students
create a skills and knowledge base allowing for the application of effective
conflict resolution in a variety of settings.
The Minor in Environmental Studies provides students with
an interdisciplinary environmental studies curriculum which integrates
the broad spectrum of issues from the social sciences and humanities
pertinent to the development, administration and analysis of social
environmental policy, and which ties these issues to the attendant
basic principles in the physical sciences.
The Minor in Family Relations provides students with a systematic, interdisciplinary
approach to the family as an institution, the current state of knowledge
relating to family relations, sex role relations, and child socialization.
Single Subject Teaching Credential
The social science program offers two tracks leading to subject matter
competence for the a single subject teaching credential. A credential in
social science enables the holder to teach history, geography, government,
and economics. Track 1 has as its base the breadth pattern described above
and encompasses the BA in Social Science. Track 2 has as its base the 60-unit
program for the history Single Subject Matter Preparation Program.
Masters Program Options
The General Social Science option is a flexible interdisciplinary
program which allows students to tailor a program to their specific
academic or career goals, drawing on curriculum from departments
in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as History
and other university programs. While possibilities are varied, some
examples include focusing on student services administration, public
policy evaluation, and history/government/world affairs.
The Social Science Education option is designed primarily for primary and
secondary teachers by expanding their knowledge of history, social science
and international studies subject matter, to broaden their teaching methodology
and develop their leadership abilities.