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. Advising appointments are now made online: Type csus.campus.eab.com into the search bar and login to make an appointment

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 colleges 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, law enforcement, lobbyist, school administrator, management, counseling, personnel recruiter, public relations specialist, writer, 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). If you don't see an organization that is a good fit, you can also start a new student organization/club. More information can be found on the Student Organizations and Leadership (SO&L) webpage here. Students are encouraged to join and get involved with various clubs and organizations