Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) with a concentration in Sociology (ISOC)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

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.

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

Total Major Hours: 42 Hours

Major Core

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.

Major Core Courses - 13-18 Hours

Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • ISS 3010 Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • ISS 4935 Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • STA 2122 Social Sciences Statistics

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

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 the application of these concepts and methods to issues and questions of contemporary local and global significance. STA 2122 Social Science Statistics 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 4900will count)
  • Disability Studies
    • SYO 4430 Disability and Society, ASL 3514 Deaf Culture, or Special Topics courses in other departments such as Women's and Gender Studies or Communication, approved by an advisor.
  •  International Studies (INR or CPO prefixes. Those courses in the X900-X999 except for INR 4900 and 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 Elective Courses - 24-29 Hours

Concentrations (12-15 hours in each of two areas of concentration)

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.

Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours

  • SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology or Upper-Level Elective in Sociology (3000-4000)
  • SYA 3110 Classical Theory
  • SYA 3300 Research Methods or SYA 3310 Qualitative Inquiry
  • Three (3) credit hours of Sociology Upper-Level Electives (3000-4000)

Students choosing this concentration may take SYA 4935 Senior Seminar in place of ISS 4935 Seminar in the Social Sciences.

Additional Major Requirements

Major GPA Requirement

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

Major Grade 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.

Major 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).

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