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Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

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The Social Sciences bachelor’s degree program from the Tulane School of Professional Advancement provides students with a versatile skill set and comprehensive interdisciplinary study of human behavior. Social sciences students explore the cultural, economic, political, and historical contexts of societies, with courses available in anthropology, geography, Latin American studies, Louisiana studies, sociology, political science, and related fields.

Ideal candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences should have a desire to develop critical thinking and communication skills that can be applied in a range of professional settings, including roles in human resources, education, and consulting.

Succeed Beyond the Classroom With SoPA

Our on-campus program connects students with professors who are leaders in their respective industries, with small classes sizes to encourage peer discussion and creative problem-solving skills that will serve students in real-world professional settings. As a graduate of the Social Sciences program through Tulane SoPA, you can build your professional network and earn a degree with international name recognition.

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Explore Expansive Career Choices in Social Sciences

Graduates of the BA in Social Sciences will develop an agile skill set, preparing them for roles in both the public and private sectors. Previous SoPA Social Sciences graduates have held positions such as teachers, human resources professionals, and consultants. This program is also ideal for candidates who wish to open their own business or work in management.

In addition to professional outlooks upon graduation, Social Sciences students may also prepare to pursue graduate programs in a range of fields, including:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Education
  • Library Science
  • Social Work
  • Public Policy
  • Arts
  • Sciences

Join a Legacy of Liberal Arts Achievement

Students in the BA in Social Sciences degree program can work one-on-one with an advisor to create a personalized plan of study focused on their interests in the social sciences. From gender and sexuality studies to geography or economics, your curriculum will depend entirely on your career goals. Our faculty includes a wide range of leaders in liberal arts and professional settings, so you will benefit from diverse viewpoints and challenging discourse.

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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

To apply for the BA in Social Sciences program, students must have earned a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma prior to the semester in which they would like to enroll. Students are not required to take standardized tests and SoPA has an open admissions policy for all undergraduate study. Transfer students must be in good standing with the most recent prior college attended or have completed any dismissal terms set forth by the previous academic institution.

Humanities Degree Requirements

The School of Professional Advancement awards the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences degree following the successful completion of 120 credits, including 30 credits in the major. Students must complete 12 credits each within the humanities, sciences, and social sciences disciplines, in addition to 3-4 credits in a designated writing course. In order to fulfill the major core course requirements, students must complete 18 credits in 3000+ level social sciences courses.

Undergraduate Academic Progress Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to maintain the following minimum grade-point average throughout their enrollment dependant upon the total number of credit hours completed:

  • 1-30 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.75 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 31-61 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.85 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 62-93 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.95 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 94-124 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA

Students will be placed on academic probation upon failure to meet these requirements. The cumulative grade-point average of a student is calculated by dividing the number of quality points a student has earned by the total number of quality hours (including credits with failures). Only the grades of S, U, NR, W, and grades in courses affected by SoPA's Repeated Course policy are excluded from this calculation.

Eligibility for Transfer Credits

If you're interested in transferring to Tulane SoPA, our advisors can work with you to determine which courses will be accepted and help you navigate the process. We accept credits for transfer from all fully accredited institutions. In order to transfer course credit from another school, Tulane SoPA must offer a comparable course, and the student must have achieved a C- or higher. Courses transferred from other institutions are never figured into the grade point average. Your advisor can also help you in the case that your previous school operated on a quarter system instead of semesters. Tulane SoPA accepts a maximum of 60 hours of transfer credits for bachelor’s degrees.


Visit our Student Transfers page to learn more about this process.

Listing of Required Social Sciences Courses

Core Competencies

English 1010 Writing 4
  Select one course: 3
  Math  
PHIL 1060 Critical Thinking  
PHIL 1210 Elementary Symbolic Logic  
BSMT 3250 Business Statistics (recommended)  
CPST 1070 Math for Information Technology  
  Foreign Language or non-Western Culture 6-8

Supporting Requirement

  Oral Communications—Select one course: 3
SPEC 1400 Intro to Public Speaking  
SPEC 3110 Small Group Communications  
THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting  
BSMT 2250 Business Communications  

Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category)

  Humanities 12
  Sciences 12
  Social Sciences 12

Writing Requirement

  Designated writing course 3-4

 

Major Requirements

Major Core Courses

  Four Social Science courses (any level) 12
  Six Social Science courses (3000+ level) 18

Minor (optional)

  Varies according to minor chosen  

General Electives

  As needed to total 120 credits  
  Total 120

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Tuition

  • All Undergraduate: $433/credit
  • Non-SoPA courses that are not cross-listed: $2,116/credit

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Fees

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
  • Uptown & Elmwood Academic Support Fee: $60
  • MS Coast Academic Support Fee: $25
  • MS Coast Student Support Fee: $10
  • Uptown and Elmwood students are assessed a student activity fee of $12 per three-credit course or $48 maximum student activity fee for four or more courses

We strive to make our degree programs accessible to a diverse range of working professionals. Explore available financial assistance and discount programs.