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    May 12, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exploratory Curriculum: Global & Social Sciences

(CIP = 24.0102) (EGS)
Total Degree Hours: 36

This track is designed for students who are interested in theories and human interactions. This track is also designed for students who want a career based on helping others or who want to tackle modern social justice issues. This track includes a variety of majors such as Psychology, Political Science, Criminology, International Studies, Social Work, and Women’s Studies.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

There are no specified common prerequisites for this major. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate of Arts degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.

The following is language approved by those colleges with BAS degree programs: Admission to Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs usually requires an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in a related area. If a student has earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, or an A.S. degree, an A.A.S. degree, or its equivalent in an unrelated area, the student may be admitted on a case-by-case basis with approval of the appropriate academic administrator. Some majors may have licensure or other types of requirements prior to admittance. Due to the variance in specialized B.A.S. degree programs and concentrations, students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at the B.A.S degree-granting institution.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 0 Hours

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

Major Core

Disclaimer: The Exploratory program is not a major from which you can graduate. During the program, a student will focus on satisfying the Enhanced General Education (Gen Ed.) requirements, which are needed for any major at USF. These courses are a great way to learn about career fields and academic disciplines that you may not be familiar with yet while staying on path for a timely graduation. In addition, Exploratory Curriculum (ECM) students are required to complete SLS 2901 , a first-year experience course with a significant major/career exploration component. The following courses are suggested for this ECM track.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Accreditation Information

The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.

Advising Information

Shane Combs at 813-974-2645 or