SOCIAL SCIENCE AND SPECIAL PROGRAMSThe 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 46-unit major. Its primary intent is to give students a solid liberal arts grounding in the social sciences.
The depth pattern is a 46-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 social sciences.
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 guidance and occupational resources, and the educational requirement for national certification as a Career Develoment Facilitator. Beneficial to those entering helping professions.
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, gender relations, and child socialization. This coursework is a valuable complement to studies in psychology, social work, sociology, and child development.
Single Subject Teaching Credential
The breadth pattern in the Social Science program with additional coursework may offer subject matter competence. Please see the program coordinator if you are interested in a single subject teaching credential.
Master's 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.