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FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

GENERAL MAJOR IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education

Intake: 

Fall & Spring

Campus: 

Lethbridge

Program Description

A General Major in the Social Sciences, unlike a single discipline major, allows you to customize your course selection to your interests and abilities. Where you compromise depth of focus in one area, you gain breadth of knowledge in a few key areas, thus increasing your flexibility. This multidisciplinary approach provides access to the "big picture" or the wider context of any subject area. Conversely, the courses you choose can enhance your focus, and provide a cross-discipline perspective on one particular theme.

Students choosing a general major in the social sciences select three disciplinary streams from the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Native American Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women & Gender Studies

As a student participating in a General Major degree program, you’re not limited to studying only within your three streams. As part of your liberal education, you will be required to take classes outside your major(s). This allows you to develop skills and experience in all three streams.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative educationinternational exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September. ​

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills, you will also develop your critical and analytical thinking skills, your information acquisition and management skills, as well as your attention to detail. You may also develop exceptional research and information management skills. All of these abilities are highly sought after and can be applied to practically any working scenario.

Quote: 

"My professors, across disciplines, have been very willing to help me in and out of the classroom, with their time and guidance, helping me to see further and push myself harder." - Vanessa, BA (Co-op) '11


Possible Careers

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills, you will also develop your critical and analytical thinking skills, your information acquisition and management skills, as well as your attention to detail. You may also develop exceptional research and information management skills. All of these abilities are highly sought after and can be applied to practically any working scenario.

Related Fields. The discipline and the three streams that you choose to focus on will help determine the occupations for which you are best qualified. Below are some examples of where a General Major in the Social Science may take you:

  • Geography, Archaeology, and Computer Science could lead to work as a computer modeler for archaeological research.
  • An emphasis on Kinesiology, Psychology, and Biology might lead to opportunities in sports medicine, occupational therapy, or drug research.
  • Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science could lead to entry-level aerospace occupations, engineering, or government research.

Professional Disciplines & Graduate Studies. Your General Major in the Social Sciences will provide you with an excellent foundation for journalism, law, social work, management, and education. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the Master and Doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

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Sample Classes:

For a General Major in the Social Sciences, choose three disciplinary streams (and courses) from the following list:

  • Anthropology - all courses
  • Archaeology - all courses designated Social Science
  • Economics - all courses designated Social Science
  • Geography - all courses designated Social Science
  • History - all courses
  • Kinesiology - all courses designated Social Science
  • Native American Studies - all courses (courses in Blackfoot and Cree may not be included)
  • Political Science - all courses designated Social Science
  • Psychology - all courses designated Social Science
  • Sociology - all courses
  • Women & Gender Studies - all courses
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