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    University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
  Apr 20, 2018
2017-2018 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
2017-2018 Johnstown Campus Catalog

Social Sciences

Chair: Raymond B. Wrabley, PhD

Division Policies and Requirements

Candidates for graduation in social sciences must have earned a minimum of 120 credits. Of the 120, a maximum of 15 credits may be earned in non-Arts and Science programs of the University (e.g., education) or in courses offered for the convenience of students with particular professional goals (e.g., chemistry for nursing).

The final 30 credits MUST be earned at Pitt-Johnstown.

Degree candidates must have a grade point average of 2.000 (C average) or higher in all work at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown or at the University’s other campuses.

The courses required for a major must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.000.

All students must complete the general education requirements in addition to major requirements.  These include core competencies in English writing demonstrated by the successful completion of ENGCMP 0005 - COMPOSITION 1 , and ENGCMP 0006 - COMPOSITION 2 ; public speaking (demonstrated by successful completion of COMMRC 0052 - PUBLIC SPEAKING ); and quantitative reasoning (demonstrated by successful completion  of one of the Quantitative Reasoning courses listed elsewhere in this catalog).  In addition, students must pass ten other General Education courses from at least eight different disciplines, distributed over four Worlds of Knowledge (Aesthetic and Creative Expression, Society and Civics, Global History and Culture, and Science and Nature). 

Students may earn no more than 2 credits in physical education per term, to a maximum of 8 during their entire academic career at Pitt-Johnstown.  Only the first four physical education credits are counted as being in arts and sciences; any additional credits are considered as non-arts and sciences. 

There is no foreign language requirement for social sciences division majors. However, many graduate programs require a reading knowledge of a second language or statistical analysis. Therefore, students planning graduate study should seriously consider course work in French or Spanish and statistics.

Social Sciences Internships

Students majoring in the social sciences may serve an internship that provides field experience in some aspect of the students’ career interests. Students interested in serving an internship during their junior or senior year should discuss this with their academic advisor. Such internship credits under SOCSCI 1910 - INTERNSHIP  must be in addition to all requirements for the major and related areas. Internships are graded S/U only.

Academic Programs Offered




In addition to an academic major, a student may elect to pursue a minor in another academic discipline. The specific requirements for each minor are established by the individual academic disciplines. However, all minors require the completion of a minimum of 18 credits of course work.