The online Bachelor of Arts in Social Science provides students with transferable knowledge and skills that apply to careers including social work, psychology, and the Social Science. It also is excellent preparation for graduate study in psychology, school psychology, counseling, elementary or secondary education, public administration, law, and social work. Most courses in the program require students to conduct research, write papers and give presentations.
Students in the program gain insights into human behavior, society and culture. They also acquire creative problem solving and critical and analytical thinking skills. Course assignments emphasize the transfer of theory into practice. Additionally, distance learners develop their technological literacy by using our online learning platform and multiple other state-of-the-art technologies.
The BA in Social Science culminates with a two-course capstone sequence, an experience that students report challenges and rewards them personally and professionally. Students demonstrate their learning through a summative research paper akin to a thesis, and commonly use their capstone project to help them gain admission to graduate school or obtain employment.
Credits required to graduate: 120 of which 90 must be in the liberal arts
Credits required in the Social Science major: 40
Required GPA: 2.0
Required GPA in Social Science Major: 2.5
The online BA in Social Science is a four-year degree program offered through the Adelphi University College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS). Students can begin the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Online courses begin two weeks after the start of the semester, and one week prior to the end of the semester (for a total of thirteen weeks), based on the University’s academic calendar.
Though it is a part-time program, you can take up to 18 credit hours per semester (or more with advisor permission). Most courses are four credits.
To earn the degree, students must meet the College of Professional and Continuing Studies’ General Education & Core Requirements, taking four core courses and six distribution courses: two in art, two in the humanities, and two in Social Science. Students must take foundation courses before advanced elective courses and take their two capstone courses in their final year. Other courses required for the Social Science major can be taken in any order depending on availability.
Students are eligible to transfer up to 90 credits from a regionally accredited four-year college and up to 64 credits from a two-year institution. CPCS evaluates transcripts upon student request to determine whether credits are transferable. Please refer to our Transfer Credits page for more information.
Prior Learning Credits
CPCS is proud to provide adult learners with access to education not only through flexible learning formats, but also through its Prior Learning program. Many of our students have completed undergraduate coursework or gained valuable knowledge outside the classroom. If these experiences have provided you with relevant college-level knowledge, they may apply as credit toward your degree and reduce the cost and time it takes to complete the program.
Regardless of how many prior learning credits you qualify for, you must complete your final 30 credits of coursework at Adelphi to graduate.
Life Experience Credits
Many of our students are awarded credits for life experience including professional training, teaching, foreign language proficiency, entrepreneurship and volunteer activities. Qualified students may be permitted to apply up to 60 life experience credits toward their degree. Visit the Life Experience Credits page for more information about these credits and the evaluation process.
All online BA in Social Science courses are delivered on the Moodle learning management system. The program is entirely asynchronous, meaning you complete coursework on your schedule, provided you adhere to deadlines for class assignments. Coursework includes reading; viewing lectures, videos and other presentations; participating in discussion forums; and engaging in other interactive online learning activities. Students typically devote 8 to 10 hours per week to coursework.
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All BA in Social Science students are required to meet the CPCS General Education and Core Requirements. Students also are required to complete:
Required Foundation Courses
Additional Social Science Foundation Course (4 credits)
Required Capstone Sequence
Advanced Electives (16 credits)
Students may be allowed to substitute advanced electives with other electives with approval from their academic advisor.