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Social Science Program College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

About Social Science

Program Overview

The aim of the Social Science Program is directed towards the single subject Social Science teacher credential. However, the program also provides an opportunity for students to build on the foundation of their general education and become familiar with several areas in the Social Sciences.

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Career Paths & Advising

Some career paths students have gone into are public service for the State, law enforcement, school administrator, management, counseling, and personnel recruiter. Non-credential students need not complete the professional education program, and elective courses may be taken to complete the 120 unit Bachelor of Arts degree.

Students should seek advising at least ONCE EVERY semester until they graduate

Continuing students: Schedule an advising appointment. See directions below

Prospective Social Science students: Email all unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to Dr. Kristin Van Gaasbeck

Directions for current students to making an advising appointment

1. Login to, using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser, then enter your SacState credentials

2. Click on the blue Assistance button on the top right side

3. Choose: Advising, Liberal Studies or Social Science Advising, Pick a Date

4. If your selected date isn’t available, a calendar will pull with dates & times that are open

5. Choose which date/time works with you. Leaving comments in the “Would you like to share anything else?” box helps the advisor better prepare for your meeting

6. Be sure to leave your phone number if you want text alerts about your upcoming appointment. Then hit Schedule

That was easy!

Annual Assessment & Roadmaps

The Social Science Learning Objectives help students know what is expected from their coursework.

AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) VALUE rubrics:
The rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for each learning outcome, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment. The rubrics are intended for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning, not for grading. The core expectations articulated in all 16 of the VALUE rubrics can and should be translated into the language of individual campuses, disciplines, and even courses. The utility of the VALUE rubrics is to position learning at all undergraduate levels within a basic framework of expectations such that evidence of learning can by shared nationally through a common dialog and understanding of student success. Click here for the rubrics.


The Social Science Roadmaps provides a pathway to help students complete the degree quickly and efficiently.

4 Year Bachelor's | 4 Year Bachelor's + Pre-credential Courses

Bachelor's for Transfer Student | Bachelor's for Transfer Student + Pre-credential Courses

Campus Services

Find Us

Social Science Office
Lassen Hall, Room 2008
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-6342

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