Social Science

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Interdisciplinary majors offered by the College of Arts & Sciences provide options for those who have not chosen a specialized major. They offer opportunities to create individual fields of emphasis for people who want to pursue multidisciplinary solutions to today’s complex problems.

Despite the popularity of specialized majors, employers have a growing recognition that individuals who are broadly trained, have knowledge of a culture other than their own, think well and analyze logically, and express themselves clearly and persuasively both in writing and speaking are highly desirable employees.

These students also are readily accepted in graduate and professional programs. It is important, however, for students to focus their programs somewhat. Consequently, the College of Arts & Sciences offers the following four interdisciplinary majors: humanities, life science, physical science and social science.

Social science is a branch of learning that examines society’s institutions — their structures, theoretical foundations, evolution and interrelationships — and how they affect and are affected by human behavior. The social science disciplines include American ethnic studies, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology and women’s studies.

A student works closely with a social science advisor to determine a plan of study with a thematic emphasis. This theme includes a minimum of 12 hours of courses in the major. In general, only one course outside the stipulated social science disciplines may be used to count toward the major, if the course fits the student’s theme. The student’s social science advisor may encourage him or her to confer with other social science faculty members who have expertise in the area of the student’s interest.

A total of 36 credit hours must be completed with at least 3 credits being completed in each of four different social science disciplines.

At least 9 credit hours must be completed in one social science discipline, including at least one course at the 500-699 level.

At least 15 credit hours must be completed in social science disciplines at the 500-699 level.

The social science major is not available to students who will earn a degree in anthropology, economics, geography, history, mass communications, political science, psychology, sociology or women’s studies.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February (for scholarships), May (for Fall intake), October (for Spring intake) Tuition fee
  • USD 282 Module (National)
  • USD 735 Module (International)

Tuition fee per 1 credit.

Start date January,August 2015 Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On CampusOnline Educational variant Full-time Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Students must complete at least one course in social science research methods or data analysis. This course may be any statistics, or STAT, course a student is qualifed to take, or it may be selected from:
  • Quantitative Analysis in Geography
  • Junior Seminar in History
  • Political Inquiry and Analysis
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Experimental Methods in Psychology
  • Methods of Social Research

English Language Requirements

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International admission:

  • Online international student undergraduate application
  • $80 USD application fee
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (pdf) and bank statement
  • High school and university transcripts

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Kansas State University.


Earn part of the $21 million K-State awards each year in scholarships. They're awarded based on academics, activities, service and financial need.

Students are awarded only one academic or leadership scholarship, where the highest eligible dollar amount is given. Supplemental awards can increase these awards, but the prestigious Presidential Scholarship replaces any other award.


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Kansas State University has 3 campus locations, two of which, Manhattan and Salina, have complete academic programs and on-campus housing. Olathe is the third and newest extension of the university, focusing on collaborating with industry and Kansas City K-12 schools.


Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.

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