Social Sciences Curriculum

Students wishing to combine study in several social science disciplines may consider a “Social Sciences” Divisional Area of Concentration.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

Students wishing to combine study in several social science disciplines may consider a “Social Sciences” Divisional Area of Concentration.

Course requirements for this concentration include: one introductory and two or more advanced courses and/or tutorials in at least three social science disciplines. This would mean a minimum of nine courses or tutorials in the social sciences.

A social sciences concentration also involves a senior thesis that uses social scientific research methods. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the various methodologies employed by social scientists.

The program of study will be worked out by student and sponsor. The Area of Concentration form must be signed by at least two social science faculty who are in agreement on the student’s plan of study. The senior thesis must be sponsored by a social science faculty member. The Baccalaureate Committee must also include two other members of the social science faculty.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS TO COMPLETE AOC REQUIREMENTS

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Social Sciences

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Introductory Course: Soc Sci Field 1ISP 1Intermediate Course Soc Sci Field 1
Introductory Course: Soc Sci Field 2Intermediate Course Soc Sci Field 2
LAC Course #1LAC course #2
Elective Elective
Year 2Introductory Course: Soc Sci Field 3ISP 2Intermediate Course Soc Sci Field 3
Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 1Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 2
Statistics LAC course #5
LAC course #3 LAC course #6
LAC course #4
Year 3Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 3ISP 3Methods or Research Design Course
Seminar/Tutorial in Social SciencesLAC course #8
LAC course #7Additional Advanced Course in Social Sciences
Elective Elective
Year 4Senior Thesis Tutorial
Elective
Elective

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Social Sciences

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Introductory Course: Soc Sci Field 1ISP 2Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 1
Introductory Course: Soc Sci Field 2Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 2
Introductory Course: Soc Sci Field 3Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 3
StatisticsMethods or Research Design
Year 4Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 1ISP 3Thesis Tutorial
Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 2Elective
Intermediate/Advanced Course Soc Sci Field 3Elective
Elective