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    Aug 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Mass Communications Concentration


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

http://iss.usf.edu/major_requirements/

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences for students who are interested in a holistic educational experience. The program offers an opportunity to design a rigorous course of study geared toward individual needs and interests that emphasizes critical analysis of social issues through a variety of paradigms and perspectives.

Students complete an Interdisciplinary Social Sciences program of study that includes completing two concentrations (24 total credit hours) from the following list: Africana Studies, Aging Sciences, American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Criminology, Deaf Studies, Economics, Environmental Science and Policy, Geography, Global and Government Affairs, History, Humanities, Information Studies, Integrated Community Research, International Studies, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, Mass Communications, Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Religious Studies, Social Relations and Policy, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida college System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Select two courses (6 credit hours total) from the following courses within the social sciences:

  • ANT XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • CPO XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • ECO XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • GEO XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • INR XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • ISS XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • POS XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • SYA XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • SYD XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • SYG XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • SYO XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • SYP XXXX - 3 credit hours

Required Supporting Courses (1 course, 3 credit hours)


The following courses are supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total major hours but are counted toward the total program hours of 120 credit hours. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

Total Major Hours: 42


Other Requirements (6-9 Credit Hours)

Diversity and Global Context Courses (2-3 courses; 6-9 credit hours)

Courses used to fulfill the Diversity and Global Context requirement may not be used to fulfill the major core and/or concentration requirements.

If one or more of the student’s areas of concentration require(s) more than 12 credit hours of coursework, fewer than 9 credit hours of coursework will be required in the Diversity and Global Context requirement.

The remainder of the 42 hours of major coursework (in addition to major core and concentration requirements) will be selected from courses in the following categories:

  • Africana Studies (Courses with AFA, AFH and AFS prefixes, except AFA 4900  , which will count)
  • Disability Studies (SYO 4430 - Disability and Society , ASL 3514 - Deaf Culture , ISS 3420  Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability Studies or special topics courses focused on disability studies, as approved by an advisor)  
  • International Studies (Courses with INR, CPO prefixes, except INR 4900 , which will count)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies (Courses with WST prefix except WST 4900  and WST 4910 , which will count)
  • Upper-Level Courses (3000-/4000-level courses with ISS prefix)

Mass Communications Concentration


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major to graduate.

Grading Requirements


  • A grade of C- or better is required in all core courses.
  • No more than two grades of D are acceptable in the major.
  • No transfer courses with grades of D are acceptable for credit in the major.

Other Requirements


  • Students declare two concentrations.
  • American Sign Language will satisfy the Foreign Language Exit Requirement.

Research Opportunities


All ISS majors participate in a Senior Research Project as part of the requirements for ISS 4935 - Seminar in the Social Sciences . Other research opportunities may be provided in courses related to the student’s area of concentration or courses selected in the Diversity and Global Context category. ISS advisors can assist students in selecting courses that provide these research opportunities.

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation.

Tampa Campus Website: https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email ISSadvise@usf.edu.

St. Pete Campus Website: https://www.usfsp.edu/academic-advising/
For questions, email advising@usfsp.edu.

Sarasota/Manatee Campus Website: http://usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email sar-advising@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Diversity and Global Context Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Diversity and Global Context Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - Interdisciplinary Social Sciences


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Diversity and Global Context Credit(s): 3
  • Diversity and Global Context Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 7

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13