The interdisciplinary social sciences/humanities/liberal studies majors have a total of 28 out of the 120 credit hours devoted to program-specific classes. This leaves flexibility for you to narrow your area of interest with minors, concentrations or double majors. There is also a capstone course (HSS480), which is a major research seminar in your chosen area of study.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credits)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

Core Requirements

Students majoring in interdisciplinary social sciences are required to complete the following courses:
HSS120 Introducing the Liberal Arts (1 credits)
HSS480 Major Research Seminar (3 credits)

Professional Experience

Fulfilled by HSS480 or by opting for an internship program. (Students who opt for an internship program must still fulfill HSS480 as a graduation requirement.)

Core Electives
Students work with their academic advisors to choose courses that best fit their interests.

Major Topical or Thematic Focus Courses
Students must complete eight courses within an appropriate topical or thematic focus from the following:

ANTH200 Introduction to Culture and Society
ANTH370 Environment, Technology and Society
ANTH201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH380 Drugs, Guns, Spices
ANTH220 Understanding the Americas
ANTH381 Consumption and Culture
ANTH225 Global Perspectives on Sexuality
ANTH385 Food and Society
ANTH230 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
ANTH390-99 Special Topics
ANTH320 Racial Inequality in the U.S.
HIST391 ST: Contemporary Issues in Social Problems
ANTH325 Sex and Commerce
ANTH395 ST: Global Forces, Local Outcomes
ANTH330 Men and Masculinities
ANTH485 Advanced Topics
ANT332 Cities and Social Justice
ANTH490 Independent Study
ANTH351 Global Forces, Local Outcomes
ANTH581 Consumption and Culture

HIST210 Ancient History Survey
HIST343 War in the Middle Ages
HIST220 America: 1776-1877
HIST345 The Civil War
HIST221 America: 1877 to the Present
HIST346 America: 1790-1850
HIST230 Science and Society
HIST347 World War I in History and Literature
HIST240 War and Society
HIST348 World War II: The European Theater
HIST241 War Literature I
HIST349 Cold War History: 1945-1955
HIST250 History of 20th Century Germany
HIST350 History of Nazi Germany
HIST320 Medicine & Society in America
HIST351 History of the Holocaust
HIST323 War Literature II
HIST352 European History: 1789-1914
HIST325 Sexuality & Health in America History
HIST353 Medicine and Medical Ethics During the Third Reich
HIST326 Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in Modern America
HIST354 The Construction of Nazi Germany
HIST327 History of Women & Gender in America
HIST355 Secret War: Codebreaking & the Clandestine Services in WWII
HIST328 History of Gender and Sexuality in the Transatlantic World
HIST356 Nazi Germany at War
HIST329 History of the American Family
HIST360 Voices of the Past
HIST380 Middle Ages & Renaissance Survey
HIST331 Ancient Medicine & Magic
HIST390-99 Special Topics
HIST332 Documenting Social Activism
HIST391 ST: Medieval Survey
HIST333 Science, Technology & Society in the Renaissance
HIST398 The Virtual Past: Local History goes Digital
HIST334 Crime and Gender in Early Modern Europe
HIST459 Neuroscience and Society
HIST335 History of Medicine in Europe and North America
HIST485 Advanced Topics
HIST338 Women, Gender and Science in American History
HIST490 Independent Study
HIST340 Warfare in Ancient Greece
HIST342 War and Gender

POL220 American Politics
POL355 Women and Politics
POL240 Causes of War
POL375 Environmental Law
POL250 Politics in Cross-National Perspective
POL380 The Law and Bioethics
POL251 Introduction to International Politics
POL390-99 Special Topics
POL301 Political Theory
POL391 American Foreign Policy
POL302 Contemporary Political Theory
POL392 ST: Campaigns, Elections and Voting Behavior
POL320 The American Political Tradition
POL394 ST: Intro to International Relations
POL335 Violence and Reconciliation
POL400 Constitutional Law
POL350 International Development and Social Change
POL490/497 Independent Study
POL351 Globalization
POL499 Minor Portfolio
POL355 Women and Politics
POL440 The Business of War
POL362 Human Rights Law and Politics
POL470/570 Environmental Policy
POL370 Close and Contested Elections
POL471/571 Energy Policy
POL372 Biofuel & Farm Policy
POL485 Advanced Topics
POL374 Environmental Political Theory
POL490 Independent Study

SOC200 Introduction to Culture and Society
SOC385 Food & Society or What to Think About What You Eat
SOC201 Introduction to Society
SOC390-99 Special Topics
SOC310 Women & Religion
SOC393 ST: Sociology of Popular Culture
SOC330 Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment
SOC470 Environmental Policy
SOC350 International Development & Social Change
SOC485 Advanced Topics
SOC351 Globalization
SOC490 Independent Study
SOC372 Biofuel and Farm Policy

HSS120 Introducing Liberal Arts
SS380 Research Methods
SS220 Introduction to Gender
SS390-99 Special Topics
SS221 Introduction to Sexuality
SS485 Advanced Topics
SS230 Introduction to Human Geography
SS320 Social and Political Issues in the Adirondacks

Pre-Professional External Field Electives
Students must complete five courses in a pre-professional external field, such as business, communications and media, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary, etc. This pre-professional concentration provides students with opportunities to increase their career choices while exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in interdisciplinary social sciences will have approximately 36 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Free Electives
Students majoring in interdisciplinary social sciences will have approximately 45 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.