Social Sciences

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In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University, the Social Sciences major has several purposes:

  • To prepare students to teach secondary social studies in the State of Missouri.
  • To acquaint students with the commonly-accepted factual data of human history.
  • To expose students to differing viewpoints and schools of historical interpretation.
  • To help students develop the ability to do independent research and to write competently in the field of history.
  • To encourage students to develop a Biblically-based Christian approach to historical study.
  • To prepare history majors for careers in teaching or in other professional fields requiring a broad liberal arts background.
  • To acquaint students with a broad range of social sciences and the conclusions which social scientists have currently reached.

A student majoring in Social Sciences is not permitted to major or minor in History.

Whether you major or minor in Social Sciences at Missouri Baptist University, you will benefit from the unique mission of our Social Sciences program and its dedicated Christian faculty as they help prepare you for a future career.

Possible Careers for Social Science Students

Vocationally, majoring in Social Science provides an excellent background to begin work or advanced study in any field that requires a strong liberal general education and a keen understanding of people, such as:

  • High School or Elementary Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Archivist
  • Campaign Consultant
  • Chief Executive Officer of a Corporation
  • Commentator
  • Curator
  • Detective
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Geneaologist
  • Information Specialist
  • Intelligence Agent or Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Lobbyist
  • Military
  • News Anchor
  • Non-Fiction Author
  • Novelist
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Pastor or Theologian
  • Policy Analyst
  • Politician
  • Producer
  • Professor
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Research Consultant
  • Screenwriter
  • Spokesperson
  • Sportswriter
  • Teacher

MAJOR: 45 Hours

Required History (HIST) courses:
HIST 113 Western Civilization I
HIST 123 Western Civilization II
HIST 213 United States History I
HIST 223 United States History II
HIST 303 Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 403 Research Seminar
Electives: Nine hours of upper division History*

Required Economics (ECON) courses (three hours):
ECON 113 Macroeconomics
OR
ECON 123 Microeconomics

Required Geography (EDUC) course:
EDMS 323 World Geography: A Course for Teachers

Required Political Science (POLS) courses:
POLS 113 Federal Government
POLS 123 State and Local Government

Required Psychology (PSYC) course:
PSYC 133 Introduction to Psychology

Required Sociology (SOCO) course:
SOCO 113 Introduction to Sociology

*Including 6 hours American and 3 hours European, Latin
American, Asian, or other non-U.S. history

A student majoring in Social Sciences is not permitted to major or minor in History.

MINOR: 27 Hours

A student majoring in History is not permitted to major or minor in Social Sciences.

Required History (HIST) courses:
HIST 113 Western Civilization I
HIST 123 Western Civilization II
HIST 213 United States History I
HIST 303 Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 223 United States History II

Electives: 3 hours, upper division American History

Required Economics (ECON) courses:
ECON 113 Macroeconomics

Required Geography (EDUC) course:
EDUC 323 World Geography: A Course for Teachers

Required Political Science (POLS) courses:
POLS 113 Federal Government
OR
POLS 123 State and Local Government