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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

Majors

Behavioral Science
Criminal Justice
Geography
Gerontology
History
Psychology

Minors

Criminal Justice
Geography
Gerontology
History
Psychology
Sociology

Certificates

Gerontology

Behavioral Science (B.A.)

  • Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • Soc 221 Social Problems 3
  • Soc/Psy 306 Intro to Psych/Social Research 3
  • Soc 345 Social Psychology 3
  • Soc 361 Social Theory 3
  • Math 122 Introduction to Statistics 3
  • Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • Psy 451 Personality Theory 3
  • Electives from: 9

Soc 321 Criminology (3)
Soc 322 Criminal Justice (3)
Soc 331 The Family (3)
CTA 203 Communication Theory (3)
CTA 309 Small Group Thry. Teams/Leadership (3)
CTA 333 Intercultural Communication (3)
Psy 221 Lifespan Development (3)
Psy 241 Child Psychology (3)
Psy 385 Psy./Soci. Analysis Modern Lit. (3)
Psy 421 Adolescent Psychology & Develop. (2-3)
Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling (3)  

Total Hours: 39           

Criminal Justice (B.A.)

  • CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  • CJ 200 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
  • CJ 300 Criminal Investigations 3
  • CJ/Soc 321 Criminology 3
  • CJ/Soc 325 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3
  • CJ 350 Overview of the American Legal System 3
  • CJ 400 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
  • CJ 481 Criminal Justice Internship 3
  • Electives—Select from the following: 12

Art 235 Basic Digital Photography (3)
Bio 230 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
Bio 231 Introduction to Forensic Science Lab (1)
Bio 330 Advanced Forensic Science (3)
HHP 281 Health Topics: Drug Education (1)
Hist 487 U. S. Constitutional History (3)
Soc 221 Social Problems (3)
Soc 331 The Family (3)
Psy 421 Adoles. Psychology & Development (2-3)
Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Geog 361 Intro to Geographic Information Syst. (3)
CTA 333 Intercultural Communication (3)

Total Hours: 36

Criminal Justice (Minor)

  • CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  • CJ/Soc 321 Criminology  3
  • Nine hours from: 9

Bio 230 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
Bio 231 Introduction to Forensic Science Lab (1)
CJ 200 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3)
CJ 300 Criminal Investigations (3)
CJ/Soc 325 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
CJ 350 Overview of American Legal System (3)
CJ 400 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
CJ 481 Criminal Justice Internship (3)

  • Three hours (recommended) from: 3

Soc 221 Social Problems (3)
Soc 331 The Family (3)
Psy 421 Adolescent Psych & Development (3)
Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psy/Soc 490 Capstone Seminar (3)
Art 235 Basic Digital Photography (3)
Any course from required list not already taken (3)

Note: Internship and Capstone Seminar must be related to criminology or criminal Justice.

Total Hours: 18  

Geography (B.A.)

  • Geog 101 Introduction to Human Geography and/or Geog 202 World Regional Geography 3-6
  • Geog 281 Physical Geography and Geology 4
  • Geog 361 Intro. to Geographic Info. Systems 3
  • Geog 385 Introduction to GPS 3
  • Upper-level Geography courses* 15-18

*may include courses taken at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by consortium arrangement.

Total Hours: 31

Geography (Minor)

  • Geog 101 Introduction to Human Geography and/or Geog 202 World Regional Geography 3-6
  • Geog 281 Physical Geography and Geology  4
  • Nine to Twelve hours of geography electives 9-12

Total Hours: 19

Gerontology (B.A.) 

  • Gero 205 Adult Development and Aging* 3
  • Gero 401 Health and Aspects of Aging 3
  • Gero 402 Social Gerontology or Soc 333 Social Gerontology 3
  • Gero 403 Mental Health and Aging 3
  • Gero 419 Death, Dying, & Trauma 3
  • Math 122 Introduction to Statistics* 3
  • Nine hours from the following Aging electives: 9

Psy 221 Lifespan Development (3)
Gero 415 Retirement & Lifespan Financial Iss. (3)
Gero 421 Events and Activities Management (3)
Gero 422 Intergenerational Prog. & Activities (3)
Gero 498 Special Topics in Aging (3)
HHP 488 Health Promotion Programming (3)

  • Six hours of additional Aging electives or select from the following Lifespan courses: 6

Bio 244 Nutrition (3)
Bio 371 The Biology of the Brain (3)
HHP/Bio 465 Human Diseases (3)
HHP 484 Community Health (3)
HHP 486 Critical Issues in Health (2)
Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Soc 221 Social Problems (3)
Soc 331 The Family (3)
SW 201 Introduction to Social Work (3)
Theo 385 Parish Visitation and Evangelism (3)
Theo 482 Nurturing the Faith (3)
Theo 483 Sexuality and the Family (3)
Theo 485 Family Life Ministry (3)
Theo 487 Planning Adult Education in Parish (3)

  • Application Project 3
  • Gero 499 Practicum (156 hours over the last year of the program)

*Take prior to upper-level courses 

Total Hours: 36 

Gerontology (Minor)

  • Gero 205 Adult Development & Aging 3
  • Gero 401 Health Aspects of Aging 3
  • Gero 402 Social Gerontology 3
  • Gero 403 Mental Health and Aging 3
  • Gero 419 Death, Dying, & Trauma 3
  • Gero 499 Practicum 3

Practicum includes 156 hours over the last year of the program. Additional option for the fulfillment of this application project may include major/minor-based internship/practicum completed with older adults.

Total Hours: 18

Gerontology (Certificate) 

  • Gero 400 Issues in Gerontology & Aging Studies      3
  • Gero 205 Adult Development & Aging 3
  • Gero 401 Health and Aspects of Aging 3
  • Gero 402 Social Gerontology or Soc 333 Social Gerontology 3
  • Gero 403 Mental Health & Aging 3
  • Gero 499 Practicum 3

Practicum includes 156 hours over the last year of the program. Additional option for the fulfillment of this application project may include major/minor-based internship/practicum completed with older adults.

  • Three hours from:  3

Gero 411 History and Literature of Aging (3)
Gero 412 Life Review, Autobio.,/Creat. Nonfict. (3)
Gero 413 Aging and Communication (3)
Gero 414 Policy, Programs, & Services (3)
Gero 415 Retirement & Lifespan Financial Iss. (3)
Gero 417 Aging and the Brain (3)
Gero 418 Nutrition and the Older Adult (3)
Gero 419 Death, Dying, and Trauma (3)
Gero 422 Intergenerational Prog. & Activities (3)
Gero 423 Geriatric Counseling (3)
Gero 425 Complementary Therapies (3)
Gero 426 Parish Nursing (3)
Gero 427 Theories & Apps. Nursing Informatics (3)
Gero 430 Issues Aging & Longevity Health Prof. (3)
Gero 498 Special Topics in Aging (3)
HHP 488 Health Promotion Programming (3)

  • Three additional Aging elective hours or relevant elective in major field 3

Total Hours: 21

Note: No state teacher certification or professional designation is offered with this certificate. Students may enroll to complete certificate coursework only.  

History (B.A.)  

  • Hist 115 United States History 3
  • Hist 131 World Civilization I 3
  • Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • Hist 491 Senior Seminar in History  3
  • Eight upper-level history elective courses 24

Total Hours: 36

History (Minor)

  • Hist 115 United States History 3
  • Hist 131 World Civilization I 3
  • Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • Six hours upper-level U.S. History electives 6
  • Three hours upper-level non-U.S. History electives 3

Total Hours: 18

Psychology (B.A.) 

  • Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • Psy 221 Lifespan Development 3
  • Psy 306 Intro to Psychological/Social Research 3
  • Psy 341 Group Techniques 3
  • Psy 345 Social Psychology 3
  • Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling 3
  • Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • Psy 451 Personality Theory 3
  • Math 122 Introduction to Statistics 3
  • Three hours from: 3

Psy 241 Child Psychology (3)
Psy 421 Adolescent Psych. & Develop. (3)
Gero 205 Adult Development and Aging (3)
Psy 211 Child Develop. & Psych.(2)
Psy 212 Child Development & Psychology: Young Children (1)

  • Nine hours from: 9

Capstone courses:
Psy 406 Applied Research (3)
Psy 481 Practicum in Psychology (3)
Psy 490 Capstone Seminar (3)

Highly Recommended Courses:
300/400 level Psychology courses
Bio 207 Human Genetics: Apps. & Issues (3)
Bio 243 Elements Human Anat. & Phys. (4)
Bio 371 The Biology of the Brain (3)
HHP 480 Health & Human Sexuality (3)
Soc 331 The Family (3)
Soc 333 Social Gerontology (3)
Theo 483 Sexuality and the Family (3)
Gero 403 Mental Health and Aging (3)

Suggested Courses:
Bio 244 Nutrition (3)
HHP 463 Psychology of Coaching (3)   

Total Hours: 39

Psychology (Minor)

  • Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • Three hours from: 3

Psy 221 Lifespan Development (3)
Psy 241 Child Psychology (3) 
Psy 421 Adolescent Psych. & Development (3)

  • Three hours from: 3

Psy 341 Group Techniques (3)
Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling (3) 
Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology (3)

  • Nine hours of Psychology electives 9

Tracks: The following are recommended courses for students pursuing employment or graduate studies in the areas of Art Therapy, Health Professions, or Human Services. Psychology course requirements for graduate programs vary greatly. Check program requirements for all programs that you will be applying to and take courses accordingly.  

Art Therapy Track

  • Psy 101Introduciton to Psychology 3
  • Psy 221 Lifespan Development 3
  • Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling 3
  • Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • Three hours of Psychology electives 3

Health Professional Track
(Pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-physical therapy, etc.)

  • Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • Psy 221 Lifespan Development 3
  • Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • Nine hours of Psychology electives 9

Helping Professional Track
(Pre-seminary, pre-social work, pre-physical therapy, etc.)

  • Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • Psy 341 Group Techniques 3
  • Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling 3
  • Psy 445 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • Six hours of Psychology electives 6

Total Hours: 18 

Sociology (Minor) 

  • Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • Soc 331 The Family 3
  • Twelve hours of sociology electives 12

Total Hours: 18

See also: Please check the course catalog for other information about programs in which you are interested.