Majors and Minors

Social Science

The Social Sciences include academic disciplines that focus on individuals in their connections with others in a wide variety of social groupings and in relation to various social institutions. These fields seek to understand the causes and consequences of human behavior in the interrelationships between social groups of all sizes, and of individuals within these groups. The B.A. in Social Science is a composite major drawing on the resources of several disciplines housed in four departments: sociology, political science, economics and psychology. The major is administered by the Department of Sociology.


The major is designed to provide students with a broad, diverse background as preparation for a variety of occupations in public and private service organizations. It is also a sound preparation for more advanced study in such fields as law, journalism, the ministry, social work or education.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Social Science major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

All degree-seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Sociology
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1721
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4500
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