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Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Degree Rquirements

Prerequisite Coursework

Two introductory courses in a social science discipline. (Examples: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, public administration, sociology, and urban and regional planning.)

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major

Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum FSU GPA of 2.0 and most of the Liberal Studies requirements, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or have an A.A. Degree.


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Major Programs of Studies at FSU

Participating departments include: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning. Up to 9 of the required 43 hours may also apply to Liberal Studies. Work must be taken in at least 3 departments, and 21 hours must be taken in courses numbered above 2999. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework applied to the major must be maintained.

Interdisciplinary Social Science, General Option (43 hours)

Students must have:

  • a primary concentration of 18 hours in one department
  • a secondary concentration of 12 hours in another department, and
  • the remaining 12 hours distributed among any of the remaining departments.

Alternatively, students may complete the requirements of special interdisciplinary concentrations in Environmental Studies, Law and Society, Public Policy, Public Service, or Urban Studies. A concentration in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation may be available later as that program develops. For further details, please check each of the Specializations and Concentrations or speak with an advisor.