College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Social Sciences Course Descriptions

SSC 101 Introduction to Social Sciences (4)

An analysis of each of the many disciplines comprising the social sciences with particular emphasis on their interrelationships. A study of source materials and library techniques as well as methods employed by social scientists. 4 lecture discussions.

SSC 200 Special Study for Lower Division Students (1-2)

Individual or group investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

SSC 299/299A/299L Special Topics for Lower Division Students (1-4)

Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture and activity or laboratory. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Corequisites may be required.

SSC 400 Special Study for Upper Division Students (1-4)

Individual or group investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter.

SSC 401 Contemporary American Scene (4)

Domestic problems and issues confronting the American people today. Alternative proposals pointing toward solutions of these problems. 4 lecture discussions.

SSC 410 The Study of Peace: NMUN Preparation (4)

Seminar for National Model United Nations (NMUN). Interdisciplinary analysis of peace; inter-group conflict and resolution; and peace institutions, particularly United Nations and related agencies. Simulations of conflict resolution. Uses concepts and methodologies of several social sciences. 4 seminars. Prerequisites: Selection for NMUN and approval of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

SSC 441 Internship in Social Sciences (1-4)

Field training which relates academic and practical experience in the student’s area of interest. Partial evaluation from work supervisor required upon completion. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 units. Prerequisite: department approval of student’s application.

ANT/GEO/SSC 461 Senior Colloquium (4)

Guided capstone experience with discussion meetings. Completion and presentation of a capstone project summarizing student's learning experiences under faculty supervision. Discussion of problems or issues graduates may encounter in their chosen fields of employment. Summary portfolio and written report required. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of faculty advisor.

SSC 463 Undergraduate Seminar (2)

Intensive study of selected social problems with application of various techniques for analysis. 2 meetings. Prerequisite: completion of senior project.

SSC 491 Major Social Science Themes (4)

Major questions of the social sciences: the individual in society and culture; rights and responsibilities of groups within society; relationships between societies and individuals in their cultural and natural settings. 4 lecture discussions.

SSC 499/499A/499L Special Topics for Upper Division Students (1-4)

Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture and activity or laboratory. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Corequisites may be required.