Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 45.0101
Major Code ISS
Department Code IDS
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/interdisciplinary-social-science/

The B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) is designed to provide an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences for students who are interested in a holistic educational experience. ISS students design a program of study according to their interest by selecting a concentration in Applied Aging and Wellbeing; Crime, Law, and Justice; Environmental Science and Policy; Governmental and Global Affairs; or Social Relations and Policy in addition to their core ISS coursework.  ISS students complete an internship course intended to provide work experience in their chosen concentration as well as an opportunity to apply the program’s emphasis on critical thinking and real-world problem solving.

Mission

The curriculum for the ISS degree at USFSM educates students in research methodology and statistics, critical observation, analysis of society, awareness of diversity, and the creative synthesis of disciplinary knowledge to address current social issues.  It encourages students to integrate diverse perspectives and develop the type of comprehensive understanding necessary to deal with the complexity of real-world problems.  In doing so, the ISS program aims to foster critical thinking skills that can be applied across countless job contexts, which are in demand by employers from a diverse range of occupations.

Policies

Students majoring in ISS must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CLASS.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

There are no State-Mandated Common Prerequisites for the ISS degree program.

Program of Study

A minimum of 36 semester hours is required of all undergraduate majors in ISS, although students may elect to take more.

  • Students must declare one (1) area of concentration when they declare the ISS major.
  • The ISS core courses are sequenced and must be spread over a minimum of four (4) terms; therefore students should begin taking core courses in the first semester of upper-level work.
  • While students are required to take a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours in their concentration, they may elect to take more.
  • A minimum of 30 hours in the ISS major must be the 3000 or above level.
  • All transfer courses must be approved for use in ISS.  No transfer courses with grades below C are acceptable for credit in the ISS major.

Degree Core (15 credits, should be taken at USFSM)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ISS 3311 Applied Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 PR: STA 2023 Should be taken in the first semester of the major
ISS 3010 Introduction to the Social Sciences 3 None
ISS 3300 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3 PR: ISS 3010 with a grade of “C” or better; CP: ISS 3311 with a grade of “C” or better
ISS 3937 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3 PR: ISS 3300
ISS 4939 Senior Capstone Seminar in ISS 3 PR: ISS 3937 6ACO, SMCC

Theoretical Foundations Requirements (6 credits)

Take two (2) of the following courses:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior 3 PR: CCJ 3024; Junior Standing; CI
POT 3003 Introduction to Political Theory 3 None
SYA 3110 Classical Theory 3 PR: SYG 2000; CI

Concentrations (15 credits)

Take five (5) courses from one concentration below.  A maximum of three (3) courses may be taken from a single department.

 

Environmental Science & Policy (ESS)

The concentration in Environmental Science & Policy provides students with a greater understanding of environmental conditions as well as the policies that are both causes and effects of current environmental realities.

Course
Number
Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BSC 4057 Environmental Issues 3 None SMCD
CJL 4115 Environmental Law and Crime 3 PR: CCJ 3024; Junior Standing; CI
EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 None SMNS
EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy 3 None
INR 3011 Globalization 3 None
INR 3038 International Wealth and Power 3 None SMLE
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics 3 None
POS 3697 Environmental Law 3 None
PUP 4203 Environmental Politics and Policy 3 None

 

Government & Global Affairs (GGA)

The concentration in Government & Global Affairs explores the philosophical, institutional, administrative, and behavioral forces that shape global, national, state, and local governments and politics.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AMH 3140 The Age of Jefferson 3 None
AMH 3201 The United States, 1877-1914 3 None
AMH 3231 The United States, 1914-1945 3 None
AMH 3423 Modern Florida 3 None
CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 None
CPO 4034 Politics of the Developing Areas 3 None Topic:  Latin America
ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macroeconomics) 3 None SMSS
ECO 2023 Economic Principles (Microeconomics) 3 None SMSS
ECO 3703 International Economics 3 PR: ECO 2013, ECO 2023
INR 3102 American Foreign Policy 3 None
INR 4083 Conflict in the World 3 Junior or Senior Standing
INR 4403 International Law 3 None
POS 2041 American National Government 3 None SMSS
POS 2080 The American Political Tradition 3 None SMSS
POS 3182 Florida Politics and Government 3 None
POS 3078 Veterans’ Reintegration and Resilience 3 None SMCD
POS 4624 Constitutional Law II 3 PR: POS 2041
POS 4693 Women and Law I 3 None

 

Crime, Law, & Justice (CLJ)

The concentration in Crime, Law, & Justice encourages a global perspective in an analysis of the interrelationships among the social, political, and psychological factors that contribute to our understanding of criminal behavior, social justice, and the legal system.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CJE 4010 Juvenile Justice System 3 PR: CCJ 3024 or CCJ 3117; Junior Standing; CI
CJL 3110 Substantive Criminal Law 3 PR: CCJ 3024, CCJ 3117; Junior Standing; CI
CJL 3502 Introduction to Courts 3 None
CJL 4115 Environmental Law and Crime 3 PR: CCJ 3024; Junior Standing; CI
CJL 4410 Criminal Rights and Procedures 3 PR: CCJ 3024; Junior Standing; CI
GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues of Aging 3 None SMLE
INR 3202 International Human Rights 3 None
INR 4403 International Law 3 None
POS 3697 Environmental Law 3 None
POS 4624 Constitutional Law II 3 PR: POS 2041
POS 4693 Women and Law I 3 None
PSB 3444 Drugs and Behavior 3 None
SOP 4751 Psychology Applied to Law 3 PR: PSY 3213
SYP 3562 Family Violence 3 None

 

Applied Aging & Wellbeing (AAW)

The Applied Aging & Wellbeing concentration is designed to provide students with a holistic understanding of issues related to health and wellbeing across the life course, with particular attention to our aging population.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ANT 4462 Health, Illness, and Culture 3 PR: ANT 2410; CI
CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
DEP 2004 The Life Cycle 3 None SMSS
DEP 4053 Developmental Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
EXP 4304 Motivation 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
EXP 4680C Cognitive Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
GEY 3323 Community Resources for the Older Adult 3 None
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4360 Counseling for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None
GEY 4641 Death and Dying 3 None
GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues of Aging 3 None SMLE
GEY 4692 Professional Development and Engagement in Aging 3 PR: GEY 3601, GEY 3625, GEY 4612 6ACO, SMCC
GEY 4900 Directed Readings in Aging 1-3 CI
GEY 4917 Directed Research in Aging 1-4 CI
GEY 4935 Special Topics in Gerontology 3 None
PSB 3444 Drugs and Behavior 3 None
PSB 4004C Physiological Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
SOP 4777 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 PR: PSY 2012, PSY 3024, STA 2122 and a General Biology course
SYP 3562 Family Violence 3 None

 

Social Relations & Policy (SRP)

The concentration in Social Relations & Policy provides an examination of the causes and consequences of human behavior, relations among groups, and social policy, with particular attention to issues related to human diversity.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AMH 3562 American Women II 3 None
AMH 3572 African American History since 1865 3 None
ANT 4302 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 PR: an anthropology course or a women’s studies class
CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
ECP 3203 Labor Economics 3 PR: ECO 3101 or ECP 3703 with a grade of “C” or better SMLE
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues of Aging 3 None SMLE
INR 3202 International Human Rights 3 None
POS 3078 Veterans’ Reintegration and Resilience 3 None SMCD
POS 4693 Women and Law I 3 PR: None
SOP 4004 Social Psychology 3 PR: PSY 3213 with a grade of “C” or better; CI
SOP 4777 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 PR: PSY 2012, PSY 3024, STA 2122 and a General Biology course
SOW 3101 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 None
SOW 3102 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 PR: SOW 3101, SOW 4341, SOW 4522
SOW 3203 Introduction to Social Work 3 None
SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System 3 None
SOW 4522 Multicultural America in a Global Society 3 None
SYD 3700 Racial and Ethnic Relations 3 None
SYD 4410 Urban Sociology 3 None
SYD 4601 Community Building and Social Change 3 None SMCD
SYD 4800 Gender and Society 3 PR: SYG 2000 or SYG 2010
SYG 3235 Latina/Latino Lives 3 PR: SYG 2000 or SYG 2010 SMCD
SYO 3120 Sociology of Families 3 None
SYP 3060 Sociology of Sexualities 3 None
SYP 3562 Family Violence 3 None

 

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the ISS degree allow for electives outside the major.  Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies by showing an area of expertise in addition to their ISS concentration. Students may elect to pursue any of the following minors that is not included in their ISS concentration:  Anthropology, Biology, Criminology, English Literature, Business and Technical Writing, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Leadership Studies, or Spanish and Latin American Studies.