Social Sciences Degree

The Social Sciences major acquires an interdisciplinary understanding of human society, including awareness of human experience, societies, and cultures.

From a diversity of perspectives, the Social Sciences degree program lays a foundation for understanding and evaluating the critical issues facing contemporary society. Students select one or two areas of concentration from the disciplines of sociology, history, psychology, international studies, criminal justice, and environmental studies.

The Social Sciences Major is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of human society. The social sciences are comprised of a set of disciplines whose goal is to promote awareness of human experience, societies, and cultures.

Clubs & Organizations – Social Sciences

COSSA – Consortium of Social Science Association
The Consortium of Social Science Associations is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote sustainable federal funding for social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. COSSA (“COH-sah“) serves as a united voice for a broad, diverse network of organizations, institutions, communities and stakeholders who care about a successful and vibrant social science research enterprise. COSSA membership is institutional and includes professional and disciplinary associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, and U.S. colleges and universities.

COSSA’s activities include:

  • Promoting and protecting social science programs administered by agencies across the federal government and across social and behavioral science disciplines.
  • Seeking to increases the visibility and utilization of the social and behavioral sciences by policymakers in Congress and at federal agencies.
  • Informing members, stakeholders, and the broader social and behavioral science community of federal actions impacting the research community, positively or negatively.
  • Mobilizing members to take grassroots action when needed.

Scholarships – Bachelor’s in Social Sciences

Scholarship Opportunities

Social Sciences Program Policy

Within the Social Sciences Major, students will choose to either concentrate on a single discipline within the area or to concentrate on two areas to provide a more interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in social sciences.

A student may propose a concentration that is not offered at Finlandia University via courses taken at Finlandia, or at another college or university,
or through experiential learning. The concentration could consist of material in a single discipline or an interdisciplinary topic. The dean of the Suomi College of Arts and Sciences must approve all proposed concentrations.

Study Abroad Opportunities – Social Sciences Programs

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing a bachelor’s in social sciences.

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Social Science Concentrations

Your course schedule varies based on your chosen concentration:

International Studies Concentration

Begins with overview of market operations, then studies a nation’s macroeconomy, including measurement of its production, price level, and employment, theories of how a macro-economy functions, government’s role in regulating a macro-economy, the banking system, monetary policy, and the Federal Reserve System. Available spring semesters. Prerequisite: MAT 140 or above.

Cultures in Conflict
Designed to give a deeper and broader understanding of major conflicts around the globe, analyzing their effects on human societies and the environment through various works of fiction. Focuses on literary works written by under-represented writers, exploring territories as diverse as a war-torn neighborhood of Afghanistan, a rural village in Africa, or an Indian community in Calcutta. Texts may include historical analyses, criticism, fiction, poetry, literary journalism, and drama. Available spring semester, odd years.

Environmental Studies Concentration

Energy and World Power
Examines non-renewable resources and their role in world history. Topics include petroleum extraction and consumption; Standard Oil; WWI and the petroleum-military revolution; post-WWI Middle East geopolitics; oil’s role in WWII; petroleum economics; OPEC; oil alternatives; including nuclear power, and the future of global energy. Available spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: HIS 205, 206, 211 or 212.

Environmental Communication
Examines not only the ways our messages about the environment educate us and help us solve problems, but also at the ways language—and other communication acts—create and maintain our relationship with the natural world. Available fall semester, even years. Prerequisite: COM 101.

Criminal Justice Concentration

Criminal Law
The elements, purposes, and functions of criminal law. Also covers sources of criminal law, contempt and conspiracy, criminal responsibility, defenses to crime, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and other laws. Actual cases are studied. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or instructor permission.

Juvenile Delinquency
Explores issues of juvenile delinquency, factors contributing to delinquency, and societal and governmental attempts to prevent and control delinquent behavior. Available fall semesters

Additional Links and Forms – Social Sciences Degrees

What you will learn

A Social Sciences degree lays the foundation necessary for students to understand and evaluate critical issues facing contemporary society and prepares them for critical membership in this society. The courses in the major give students the knowledge to approach these critical issues from a diversity of perspectives. Within the Social Sciences Major, students will choose to either concentrate on a single discipline within the area or to concentrate on two areas to provide a more interdisciplinary degree.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences?

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of political, economic, social, and historical trends, both nationally and globally.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse global community and how it is impacted by history, geography, economics, culture, and politics.
  • Identify the role that culture and society play in determining what it means to be a social being.
  • Understand the distinctive methods and theoretical perspectives of social science disciplines.
  • Identify and analyze various approaches to the social science disciplines and conceptualize the linkages among them.
  • Demonstrate enhanced critical thinking skills.
  • Understand how the social sciences contribute to knowledge and answer some.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • History

Career Opportunities

Agriculturalist, Historian, Environmentalist
Judy BuddProfessor, BiologyFinlandia Universityjudith.budd@finlandia.edu906-487-7243
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Interim Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381

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