Frequently Asked Questions

 

I attended Orientation, I saw an advisor last semester, and my degree plan is not changing, do I still have to come in for in-person advising?
Yes, every student must see an advisor at least once a semester

  

I would like to meet with an advisor during the summer or winter intersession, can I schedule an appointment?
Yes, during the summer our Director & Advisor, Dr. Fong, can help our students. Email him and include Kim Liaz in the email, Administrative Coordinator, when asking to schedule an appointment; their email addresses are tfong01@csus.edu and kimberly.liaz@csus.edu 
If you are not a current Sacramento State student and are not available to come in for in person advising during the summer or winter intersession, email Dr. Fong your situation along with unofficial transcripts from all of the community colleges and universities you have attended and he can advise you over email. Current Sacramento State students should come in for in person advising

 

I have taken the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) Exam, received a score, but I'm not sure what the scores mean and which English class and/or Writing Intensive (WI) to take. What English class am I supposed to take?
If you score 60/50, you have to take ENGL 109W or ENGL 109M and then pass a Writing Intensive (WI) course with a C- or higher, and this will complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) for your bachelor's degree
If you score 70, you have to take and pass a Writing Intensive (WI) course with a C- or higher and concurrently take 109X, and this will complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) for your bachelor's degree
If you score 80, you can take a Writing Intensive (WI) course and have to pass with a C- or higher to complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) for Sacramento State for your bachelor's degree
If you score 90, placement was fulfilled by another CSU campus. You must pass a Writing Intensive (WI) course with a C- or higher to complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) for your bachelor's degree
There are a number of courses within the Social Science program that will fulfill the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement so students do not have to look for WI courses outside of the major 
 
Besides teaching, what can I do with a Social Science degree?
The major is excellent preparation for careers in public service, management, counseling, law, librarianship. medicine, and professional or graduate education in business

 

Do I have to complete 9 units of upper division General Education (GE) requirements in addition to the Social Science major requirements?
No, many courses in the Social Science program fulfill upper division General Education (GE) requirements

 

Do I have to major in Social Science to become a middle or high school teacher?
No. In order to gain entrance into a CA single subject or special education credential program, an individual must have a bachelor's degree (any major) and must also demonstrate subject matter competency by taking the CA Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)

 

What concentrations can I choose from the Social Science program? Can I do a minor instead?
Social Science majors automatically receive a minor in History. See an advisor if there is interest in double majoring or earning a double minor. A minor is posted on the official transcript, not on the diploma

 

Is there a Social Science club/student organization?
Yes, the organization is called Sacramento State Student California Teachers Association (SCTA). Students are encouraged to join and get involved with various clubs and organizations