Social Science

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Mission Statement

The Social Science Department is distinctive at San Jose State University in its training of K-12 public school teachers and social change agents through an interdisciplinary approach to understanding, analyzing, and critiquing the conditions of women and people of color in our local community, California, the United States, and globally. (adopted April 2008)

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts, research methodologies and their application to current issues.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of interdisciplinary Social Science assumptions, questions and methodologies.
  3. Acquire an understanding of social change and individual agency within diverse communities, including race, class, and gender in historical and contemporary contexts.
  4. Critically evaluate social science theories in explaining race, class, and gender issues in national and global contexts.
  5. Apply interdisciplinary, theoretical concepts and reflective processes to current social/political issues and problems in their communities or in diverse classrooms in local public K-12 schools through internship/fieldwork assignments.

(adopted April 2008)

Assessment Matrix (doc)

Schedule: 2007 - 2011 (doc)

spring 2011 (.doc)
spring 2010 (.doc)
fall 2008 (doc)
fall 2007 (doc)
spring 2007 (doc)

Previous mission statement and student learning objectives until April 2008 (doc)

Program Planning

Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program Plan 2014 (PDF)

Social Science BA 2009

Social Science- Letter to the Provost