Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences (MDS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the 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 students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

XXX XXXX (6 credit hours) Two introductory courses in a Social Sciences discipline.

Total Major Hours: 30 Hours

Major Core

ISS students choose two concentration areas and complete twelve hours in each.

Concentrations areas must be selected from the areas of study listed below:

  • Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Science and Policy, Gerontology, Geography, History, Humanities, International Studies, Interpreter Training, Language, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Latin American Studies, Library and Information Science, Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies.

The completion of 42 approved hours of coursework from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is required, with a minimum of 30 hours at the 3000-or above level.

Major Core Courses - 18 Hours

Required core courses for the major are:

  • ISS 3010 Introduction to Social Sciences
  • ISS 4935 Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • STA 2122 Social Sciences Statistics
  • One course in each of the following areas:
    • African American Studies
    • International Studies
    • Women’s Studies

Two of these courses, ISS 3010 Introduction to the Social Sciences and ISS 4935 Seminar in the Social Sciences, 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 apply them to contemporary issues and questions. STA 2122 Social Science Statistics is the third core course required for majors in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours

  • MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavior Healthcare
  • MHS 4931 Top: Behavioral Healthcare
  • MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems
  • MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Beh Health Tx

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 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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