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College
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Department
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294
E-mail: oss@kent.edu
Web: www.ehhs.kent.edu/ldes

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education comprises six concentrations: Deaf Education, ASL/English Interpreting, Mild/Moderate Language Arts and Reading, Mild/Moderate Social Studies and Reading, Mild/Moderate Mathematics and Reading and Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs.

The Deaf Education concentration prepares candidates for licensure to work with students with hearing loss. The program develops expertise in a variety of areas, including: knowledge of content that crosses the general education curriculum (e.g., reading, mathematics, science, social studies) and specific methods for adapting content to meet the needs of students with hearing loss, language development, American Sign Language, deaf culture, audiological and medical aspects of hearing loss; assistive listening technology and telecommunications. In addition, students learn skills necessary for working with families, other professionals and the students themselves. Deaf Education students participate in practicum and student teaching experiences in residential and public schools within Ohio as well as other states. Additionally, to qualify for the final practicum, students must pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at the intermediate level. Graduates are eligible for teacher licensure through the Ohio Department of Education for K-12 students who are deaf.

The ASL/English Interpreting concentration prepares candidates for licensure to work with children and adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (D/HH). The program prepares students to interpret in the classroom and to perform related student-support activities under the supervision of a licensed or certified classroom teacher. Students are required to complete a one-week internship (minimum five full school days) in a residential school for the deaf during the year of their method sequence. Additionally, to qualify for the final practicum, students must pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at the intermediate level. The ASL/English Interpreting concentration is not equivalent to a teaching license, and positions in public schools are not considered teaching positions. Graduates of the program receive state of Ohio licensure in educational interpreting for pre-K-12 students.

The Mild/Moderate Language Arts and Reading concentration is built upon extensive field-based experiences that are connected to theory and practical application of current evidence-based technologies/strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders and mild cognitive delays. The program includes coursework from middle and early childhood education to ensure candidates are prepared to teach across the curricular areas of reading, math, science and social studies, but also requires extended coursework in English. In addition, specialized courses in characteristics of different disability and at-risk populations, collaborating with families and other professionals, identifying and assessing strengths and areas of need, and academic and behavioral interventions ensure that candidates are responsive to the learning and social skills of individuals with disabilities. Graduates are eligible for licensure through the Ohio Department of Education to teach K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities. Graduates are also prepared to meet requirements to be highly qualified to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in the content areas of language arts and reading.

The Mild/Moderate Social Studies and Reading concentration is built upon extensive field-based experiences that are connected to theory and practical application of current evidence-based technologies/strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders and mild cognitive delays. The program includes coursework from middle and early childhood education to ensure candidates are prepared to teach across the curricular areas of reading, math, science and social studies, but also required extended coursework in history and related areas of study. In addition, specialized courses in characteristics of different disability and at-risk populations, collaborating with families and other professionals, identifying and assessing strengths and areas of need, and academic and behavioral interventions ensure that candidates are responsive to the learning and social skills of individuals with disabilities. Graduates are eligible for licensure through the Ohio Department of Education to teach K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities. Graduates are also prepared to meet requirements to be highly qualified to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in the content areas of social studies and reading.

The Mild/Moderate Math and Reading concentration is built upon extensive field-based experiences that are connected to theory and practical application of current evidence-based technologies/strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders and mild cognitive delays. The program includes coursework from middle and early childhood education to ensure candidates are prepared to teach across the curricular areas of reading, math , science and social studies, but also required extended coursework in math. In addition, specialized courses in characteristics of different disability and at-risk populations, collaborating with families and other professionals, identifying and assessing strengths and areas of need, and academic and behavioral interventions ensure that candidates are responsive to the learning and social skills of individuals with disabilities. Graduates are eligible for licensure through the Ohio Department of Education to teach K-12 students with mild/moderate disabilities. Graduates are also prepared to meet requirements to be highly qualified to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in the content areas of math and reading.

The Moderate/Intensive Intervention Educational Needs concentration is built upon extensive field-based experiences that are connected to theory and practical application of current evidence-based technologies/strategies for teaching students with significant learning and daily living needs. Students with more intensive needs include those with motor or sensory impairment, significant cognitive delays, autism or multiple disabilities. The program includes preparation across curricular areas in addition to specialized coursework focused on academic accommodations, adaptive daily living skills, technology to assist with physical, communication and mobility, alternative assessment and transition from school to the world of work and adult living. Graduates are eligible for teacher licensure through the Ohio Department of Education for K-12 students with moderate/intensive needs.

Career Opportunities

Special education teachers held a total of about 459,000 jobs in 2006. Nearly all work in public and private educational institutions. A few worked for individual and social assistance agencies or residential facilities, or in homebound or hospital environments. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study and have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA in all previous undergraduate coursework. Students transferring from another university should meet with an academic advisor in 304 White Hall at least one semester prior to transferring.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 123-133 credit hours (depending on concentration). Minimum 2.750 cumulative and a 3.000 major GPA. Students must earn a minimum  C (2.000) grade in all major coursework unless indicated otherwise.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$50/semester

Student Organizations

Kent Student Education Association

Advanced Degree Programs

Special Education (M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society * 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology * 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities * 3
    43010 Family and Professional Collaboration * 3
ELR   43981 Student Teaching in Special Education *** 9
    49525 Inquiry Seminar into Professional Practice * 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (23 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KMC MATH 14001 Basic Mathematical Concepts I ** 4
KAD MATH 14002 Basic Mathematical Concepts II ** 4
  Kent Core Composition * 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (75-85 credits)
  Deaf Education (75)
  ASL/English Interpreting (75)
  Mild/Moderate Language Arts and Reading (83)
  Mild/Moderate Mathematics and Reading (85)
  Mild/Moderate Social Studies and Reading (78)
  Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs (79)
MINIMUM TOTAL 123-133

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned, with the exception of the ASL/English Interpreting concentration.
*** A minimum S grade must be earned.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

 

ASL/English Interpreting Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (60 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ASL 19201 Elementary ASL I* 4
    19202 Elementary ASL II * 4
    29201 Intermediate ASL I * 3
    29202 Intermediate ASL II * 3
    39201 Advanced ASL I * 3
    39202 Advanced ASL II * 3
    49108 ASL Linguistics I * 3
    49401 Deaf Culture and Community * 3
  SPA 34104 Speech and Language Development * 3
ELR SPED 43092 Deaf Residential School Field Experience * 1
    43100 Survey of the Interpreting Profession * 3
    43102 Interpreting Processes Deaf Hard/Hearing I * 3
    43103 Interpreting Processes Deaf Hard/Hearing II * 3
    43104 Interpreting Processes III * 3
    43105 Signed English and Other Systems * 3
    43106 Classroom Setting Interpreting * 3
    43107 Non-Classroom Setting Interpreting * 3
    43110 Discourse Analysis for Interpreters * 3
    43111 The Professional Interpreter * 3
WIC   43309 Introduction to Deaf Studies ** 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KSS
DD
PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KAD
DD
PSYC 20651 Child Psychology 3
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 6
  Kent Core Social Sciences 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 75

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Special Concentration Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 123 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

Deaf Education Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (61 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ASL 19201 Elementary ASL I * 4
    19202 Elementary ASL II * 4
    29201 Intermediate ASL I * 3
    29202 Intermediate ASL II ** 3
  CI 47501 Teaching Mathematics in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47502 Science Teaching in Early and Middle Grades * 3
WIC CI

ECED
47504

40126
Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle Grades (3) *
or
Developmental Reading and Writing: Early Years (3) ***
3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology * 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning * 3
  SPA 34105 Phonemic Bases of Speech and Language * 3
    43600 Fundamentals of Educational Audiology * 3
  SPED 43030 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques * 3
ELR   43092 Deaf Residential School Field Experience + 1
WIC   43309 Introduction to Deaf Studies ** 3
    43310 Language Development for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students ** 3
    43311 Instruction of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students with Special Needs ** 3
    43313 Literacy Assessment and Intervention for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students ** 6
    43324 Curriculum Methods and Materials for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students ** 3
ELR   43392 Practicum: Deaf Education +              course is taken twice 4
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (14 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 6
  Kent Core Social Sciences 6
  Kent Core Additional 2
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 75

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum B (3.0) grade must be earned in SPED 43309, SPED 43310, SPED 43311, SPED 43313 and SPED 43324. A minimum B- (2.7) grade must be earned in ASL 29202.
*** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned in ECED 40126 or SPED 43309 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.
+ A minimum S grade must be earned.

Special Concentration Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 123 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

Mild/Moderate Language Arts and Reading Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (60 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  CI 47501 Teaching Mathematics in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47502 Science Teaching in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47503 Teaching Social Studies in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47504 Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle Grades * 3
  ECED 40105 Appropriate Phonics Instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Children * 3
WIC   40126 Developmental Reading and Writing Early Years ** 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology * 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning:  Strategies  for Students and Teachers * 3
  MCED 40007 Teaching Reading with Literature in Middle Childhood * 3
  SPA 34104 Speech and Language Development * 3
  SPED 43020 Assessment in Special Education * 3
    43030 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques * 3
    43031 Applied Behavior Analysis II: Application * 3
    43040 Language and Reading Special Education 3
    43050 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Intervention Needs * 3
    43060 Curriculum Methods in Special Education * 3
    43062 Curriculum Methods Mild/Moderate Intervention * 3
    43070 Planning and Programming for Transitions * 3
ELR   43992 Field Experience in Special Education + 3
ELR   44092 Field Experience for Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist + 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (23 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
  ENG 25002 Literature in English II 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  ENG 21001 Introduction to Ethnic Literature of the United States (3)  
    21002 Introduction to Women's Literature (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3
KHU ENG 22071 Great Books to 1700 (3)  
KHU   22072 Great Books since 1700 (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3
  ENG 31001 Fundamentals of English Grammar (3)  
    31003 Linguistics (3)  
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences 6
  Kent Core Additional 2
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 83

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
+ A minimum S grade must be earned.

Special Concentration Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 131 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

 

Mild/Moderate Mathematics and Reading Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (60 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  CI 47501 Teaching Mathematics in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47502 Science Teaching in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47503 Teaching Social Studies in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47504 Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle Grades * 3
  ECED 40105 Appropriate Phonics Instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Children * 3
WIC   40126 Developmental Reading and Writing Early Years ** 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology * 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning:  Strategies  for Students and Teachers * 3
  MCED 40007 Teaching Reading with Literature in Middle Grades * 3
  SPA 34104 Speech and Language Development * 3
  SPED 43020 Assessment in Special Education * 3
    43030 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques * 3
    43031 Applied Behavior Analysis II: Application * 3
    43040 Language and Reading Special Education 3
    43050 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Intervention Needs * 3
    43060 Curriculum Methods in Special Education * 3
    43062 Curriculum Methods Mild/Moderate Intervention * 3
    43070 Planning and Programming for Transitions * 3
ELR   43992 Field Experience in Special Education + 3
ELR   44092 Field Experience for Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist + 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (25 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KAD   11022 Trigonometry 3
KMC   12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 6
  Kent Core Social Sciences 6
  General Electives 2
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 85

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
+ A minimum S grade must be earned.

Special Concentration Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 133 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

 

Mild/Moderate Social Studies and Reading Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (60 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  CI 47501 Teaching Mathematics in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47502 Science Teaching in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47503 Teaching Social Studies in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47504 Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle Grades * 3
  ECED 40105 Appropriate Phonics Instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Children * 3
WIC   40126 Developmental Reading and Writing Early Years ** 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology * 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning:  Strategies  for Students and Teachers * 3
  MCED 40007 Teaching Reading with Literature in Middle Grades * 3
  SPA 34104 Speech and Language Development * 3
  SPED 43020 Assessment in Special Education * 3
    43030 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques * 3
    43031 Applied Behavior Analysis II: Application * 3
    43040 Language and Reading in Special Education 3
    43050 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Intervention Needs * 3
    43060 Curriculum Methods in Special Education * 3
    43062 Curriculum Methods Mild/Moderate Intervention * 3
    43070 Planning and Programming for Transitions * 3
ELR   43992 Field Experience in Special Education 3
ELR   44092 Field Experience for Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KSS GEOG 17063 World Geography 3
KHU
DG
HIST 11050 World History: Ancient and Medieval 3
KHU
DG
  11051 World History: Modern 3
KHU
DD
  12070 History of United States: The Formative Period 3
KSS POL 10100 American Politics 3
KAD   10500 World Politics 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 78

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Special Concentration Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 133 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

 

Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (64 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ASL 19201 Elementary ASL I * 4
  CI 47501 Teaching Mathematics in Early and Middle Grades * 3
    47502

47503
Science Teaching in Early and Middle Grades (3) *
or
Teaching Social Studies in Early and Middle Grades (3) *
3
    47504 Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle Grades * 3
  ECED 40105 Appropriate Phonics Instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Children * 3
WIC   40126 Developmental Reading and Writing Early Years ** 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology * 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning: Strategies for Students and Teachers * 3
  PEP 25033 Lifespan Motor Development * 3
  SPA 34104 Speech and Language Development * 3
  SPED 43020 Assessment in Special Education * 3
    43030 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques * 3
    43031 Applied Behavior Analysis II: Application * 3
    43040 Language and Reading Special Education * 3
    43051 Characteristics of Students with Moderate/Intensive Intervention Needs * 3
    43060 Curriculum/Methods Classroom Instruction: Mild/Moderate Intervention * 3
    43063 Curriculum Methods Moderate/Intensive Intervention * 3
    43070 Planning and Programming for Transitions * 3
    43080 Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities * 3
ELR   43992 Field Experience in Special Education + 3
ELR   44192 Field Experience for Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist + 3
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 6
  Kent Core Social Sciences 6
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 79

* A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
+ A minimum S grade must be earned.

Special Concentration note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 127 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.