Social Science BA Online

Total Units Required: 120

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The online Bachelor of Arts in Social Science is designed for students who have a broad interest in the behavioral and social sciences and for those interested in pursuing a California secondary school teaching credential. The social science BA is an interdisciplinary program with a curriculum from the disciplines and programs of the College of the Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of History. The program has two options to best meet the needs of our students: multidisciplinary studies and specialization studies.

The option in multidisciplinary studies. This is a 43-unit major with representative courses from the disciplines within the social sciences and history. Its primary intent is to give students a solid liberal arts grounding in the social sciences. This option also provides a waiver for the single subject matter competency requirement and CSET exam in social science for those pursuing secondary teacher preparation programs. Additional courses are required by the Chico State School of Education before student teaching can begin. Visit Chico State's School of Education's website for the most up-to-date listing of these requirements, or contact the Education Department of the college where you plan to obtain your teaching credential.

The option in specialization studies. This is a 43-unit program that builds on the social science core requirements to focus on one of our seven areas of concentration offered fully online to distance education students. Areas of concentration offered fully online are anthropology, career and life planning, child development, community organizing for social change, environmental planning, family relations, and gerontology.