Florida State University

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Degree Requirements

ISS Major Program of Studies at FSU:  43 hours

Students will build coursework in at least 3 disciplinary areas within the College of Social Science and Public Policy.  Participating departments include: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning. Up to 9 of the required 42 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. All coursework within the major must be passed with a grade D or higher, with the exception of the required coursework.  See below for more information. 

Required Coursework

Students must complete ISS3923 Interdisciplinary Forum with a Satisfactory grade, and ISS4304 Contemporary Social Problems and Policy Solutions with a grade of C or higher.  

ISS3923- The Interdisciplinary Forum -This course is intended as an introductory course to the major and should be completed upon entering the major.  The ISS Forum is a one credit introductory forum for ISS majors.  Student must complete this course as new students in the major.  It must be complete in the first semester of the major, and before the 5th map term.

ISS4304 – Contemporary Social Problems and Integrative Solutions.  This is a 3-credit course that should be taken in the 7th map term.  Successful completion of this course will rely on the student’s experience in the major and should be taken toward the end of the major coursework.  Students must pass this class with a grade of C or higher.  

The structure of the ISS Major

Student may complete the major using the General Option or through Specialized Concentrations. 

General Option (43 hours)

Students must have:

1. a primary concentration of 18 hours in one department

  • 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 Social Science departments.

Alternatively, students may be interested in coursework structured around special interests areas:  Environmental Studies, Law and Society, Public Policy, Public Service, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, or Urban Studies. For further details, speak with an advisor.   Detailed descriptions of the specialized areas can be found on this site.  Look for “Specializations and Concentrations”. 

Minor:  Neither a minor nor additional coursework is required