Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Science degree program is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.

Overview

The Social Science degree at RMU provides a well-rounded education for students who desire to think critically about the societies in which they live. The program develops logical and rhetorical skills, strives to instill a mature understanding of society and history, and promotes a broadening of the imagination and the thoughtful evaluation of important social issues.

The Social Science program educates students to succeed in a wide variety of fields. The critical thinking skills emphasized in the program are necessary for leadership in many different areas of employment, including teaching, human services, politics, government and human resources management, sales, marketing, and public relations.

Curriculum Requirements


The 126-credit hour curriculum leads to a B.A. degree.  The program has three components:

  1. Robert Morris University Core - 39 credits
    These are the traditional liberal arts requirements of the University. Studies in humanities and social, behavioral, natural and quantitative sciences are included.
  2. Field Concentration/Social Science Core - 72 credits
    Includes courses in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology and statistics, as well as a social science practicum and a social science seminar.
  3. Open Electives - 15 credits
    The student may select five courses within the University offerings to broaden his or her skills in some area of interest.

Employment

Students are also prepared for further study on the graduate level in sociology, economics, law, history, political science, psychology and other areas. Graduates are able to demonstrate an understanding attitude and sense of responsibility in professional situations, an ability to integrate their social science knowledge with their own social and intellectual growth, and the capability to deal with social relationships in the context of the society in which they exist.

Sample Business/Industry Job Titles

Administrative assistant to an elected official, archival researcher, border patrol agent, child care provider, document analyst, equal opportunity compliance specialist, government affairs officer, intelligence specialist, Internal Revenue officer, police officer, social insurance administrator, social service administration specialist, social worker, vocational rehabilitation specialist.

Internship Employers

Students complete an internship at sites such as: Center for Victims of Violent Crimes, City of Pittsburgh, Early Learning Institute, Family Behavioral Resources, Fort Pitt Museum, Head Start, Heinz History Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Mars Home for Youth, Mooncrest Grant Project, Pittsburgh Cares, RMU Athletic Department, Sewickley Community Center, Soldiers and Sailors Military Museum and Memorial, Woodlands Foundation.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Students in the Social Studies Education -- Teacher Certification program have a number of other program and certification requirements to fulfill for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. These include field experiencesclearancesstate testing requirements, applications for candidacy status and then for student teaching, a semester of student teaching, the professional portfolio, and an application for certification.

Social Studies Education students follow the Teacher Education Progress Process for undergraduatespost-baccalaureate students, and transfer students.

Concentrations