Oct 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Communication Concentration

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

(CIP = 45.0101) (ISS)


Certified Global Pathway Program

The ISS program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences for students who are interested in a broad educational experience. ISS offers a wide choice of courses, and an opportunity to design a quality program geared toward individual needs and interests.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

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

Total Major Hours: 42

Major Core (13-18 Credit Hours)

Students in the ISS major complete a total of 42 credit hours of coursework in three categories:

  • Major Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
  • Diversity and Global Context Courses (4-9 credit hours)
  • Two Concentrations Areas (24-29 credit hours)

Note: A minimum of 30 of the 42 hours must be at the 3000-level or above.

Required Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Note: A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for each of the major core courses.

Other Program Information

Two of these courses, ISS 3010  and ISS 4935 , introduce and employ the interdisciplinary social science perspective. These courses involve students in the study of human life and experience; the various concepts, theories, and methods used in the social sciences; and the application of these concepts and methods to issues and questions of contemporary local and global significance. STA 2122   is the third core course required for majors in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and teaches students to use quantitative reasoning to address social science issues of local and global concern.

Diversity and Global Context Courses (4-9 Credit Hours)

The remainder of the 42 hours of major coursework will be selected from courses in the following categories:

  • Africana Studies (AFA or AFH or AFS prefixes. Those courses in the X900-X999 except for AFA 4900  will count)
  • Disability Studies
  • International Studies (INR or CPO prefixes. Those courses in the X900-X999 except for INR 4900  will count)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies (WST prefixes. Those courses in the X900-X999 except for WST 4900  and WST 4910  will count)
  • Upper-Level Courses (3000- or 4000-level) with an ISS prefix

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

Major Electives (24-29 Credit Hours)

ISS students choose two concentration areas and complete at least twelve (12) credit hours in each concentration:

Africana Studies; Aging Sciences; American Studies; Anthropology; Communication; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Criminology; Deaf Studies; Economics; Environmental Science and Policy; Geography; History; Humanities; Information Studies; International Studies; Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; Mass Communications; Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration; Public Health; Religious Studies; Sociology; Women’s and Gender Studies.

GPA Requirements

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

Grading Requirement

No more than two grades of “D” are acceptable in the ISS major.

No transfer courses with grades of “D” are acceptable for credit in the ISS major.

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for each of the major core courses.

Other Requirements

ISS majors must satisfy two semesters of a foreign language in order to graduate. American Sign Language (ASL) satisfies the Foreign Language Exit Requirement (FLEX).

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.

Advising Information

Upon declaration of the major, students should meet with an advisor to declare concentrations, particularly before too many courses are completed in the College of Arts and Sciences. No student should assume that courses already completed will automatically count toward the ISS degree.

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Faculty

Director: Sara Green.

Communication (ISPE)

(CIP = 45.0101)

Total Concentration Hours: 42

Concentration Core (12 Credit Hours)

Plan of Study

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