2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Social Sciences Division

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The Social Sciences Division encompasses the history, theory, and investigation of societies, systems, regions, groups, and individuals. These are central concerns of the departments of African American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Geography and the Environment, History, Political Science, Policy Studies, Psychology, Sociology, International Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies. Hence most courses satisfying the Social Sciences Division requirements come from these departments.

The Social Sciences List

Students must take at least four courses from the following list, including a 2-course sequence as indicated below to complete the requirement for four courses in this division. No more than three courses may be taken from a single department or program (even if the courses of the department or program are in more than one division).





Cognitive Science

  • COG courses may be accepted by petition.

Geography and the Environment


























Any 2-course combination of HNR 260 , 360 , or 460  including any taken twice constitutes a sequence.

International Relations

  • All IRP courses

Law in the Liberal Arts


Political Science





PSC 121 - American National Government and Politics  or PSC 129 - American National Government and Politics (Honors) , together with any of the following courses, constitutes a sequence:

PSC 123 - Comparative Government and Politics , together with any of the following courses, constitutes a sequence: 

PSC 124 - International Relations , together with any of the following courses constitutes a sequence:

PSC 125 /PHI 125 - Political Theory , together with any of the following courses, constitutes a sequence:


Social Science

All SOS courses count in the Social Sciences Division.

Other Schools and Colleges

*Apply as Non-Arts & Sciences credit

Martin J. Whitman School of Management

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

  • EST 390 - Social Processes and the Environment

Interdepartmental Sequences in the Social Sciences

In addition to the departmental sequences indicated on previous pages, the following interdepartmental sequences may also be used to fulfill the requirement for a sequence in the Social Sciences.