May 22, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 
Undergraduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science, B.A.


Admission to major: No requirement other than good academic standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Hours for major: 48 (including 11 hours in three of the following fields and 15 hours in the other: sociology, political science, economics and psychology)

Advising: Undergraduate adviser and Student Handbook Student Organization: Sociology/Criminology Club

For Information: Contact the Sociology and Criminology Department. Phone 216-687-4500

The major in Social Science is designed for students seeking a broad, diverse background as preparation for various occupations or for more specialized training in such fields as law, journalism, the ministry, social work, or education.



A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements.  This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

Major-Field Requirements

Students electing a major in Social Science must complete a total of 48 semester hours distributed among economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Fifteen hours must be earned in one of these fields and 11 hours in each of the remaining three.

Although the mix of upper- and lower-division courses is not specified, students should keep in mind that 42 upper-division credits are required for a degree in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. This composite major is administered by the Department of Sociology and Criminology.