Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)

Interdisciplinary Program in Social Science

College of Social Sciences

Director: Robert E. Crew, Jr.,
Office of the Dean, College of Social Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Program in Social Science (ISS) provides a multidisciplinary view of contemporary social issues and problems. The program offers students an opportunity to draw on the several disciplines of social science as they seek an understanding of public affairs and answers to questions about society. The departments whose courses may be utilized in the program are Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning, along with the School of Public Administration and Policy.

The program will be particularly appealing to students who have wide-ranging interests in social issues. Its flexibility permits students to pursue specialized and pre-professional interests and to expose themselves to the variety of perspectives of the social sciences.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. Two introductory courses for six (6) semester hours in a social science discipline.


A major in the interdisciplinary program requires forty-two (42) semester hours, including nine (9) semester hours in courses taken to satisfy liberal studies requirements. For the usual major, work must be taken in at least three departments within the program. There must be a primary concentration of eighteen (18) semester hours in one department, a second concentration of twelve (12) semester hours in another department, while the remaining twelve (12) semester hours may be distributed among any of the remaining social science departments. Students must complete a total of twenty (20) semester hours in courses numbered above 2999. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all course work applied to the major must be maintained.

Students may also, rather than selecting courses in the manner identified above, seek an interdisciplinary concentration in four topical areas of study. These are environmental affairs, law and society, urban studies, and public service. Each of these concentrations are multicourse programs focusing on the named topics. For details about these concentrations, see the program director.


The courses of study offered by the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Science lead to the bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BS) and to master of arts (MA) and master of science (MS) degrees.

Requirements for a Minor for Psychology Majors at the Panama City Campus

A minor in the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Sciences is available for psychology students at the Panama City campus. Students may obtain the minor by successfully completing a total of fifteen (15) semester hours of course work in interdisciplinary social science participating departments, which include interdisciplinary social science, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology and urban and regional planning.

Honors in the Major

The ISS program participates in the upper-division honors in the major. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Definition of Prefix

ISS Social Science: Interdisciplinary

Undergraduate Courses

ISS 3930r. Special Topics in Social Science (1-3). May be repeated with permission of the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Science for a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours.
ISS 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
ISS 4906r. Directed Individual Study (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
ISS 4907r. Honors Work (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
ISS 4944r. Internship (3-6). Students are placed in a variety of employment situations related to their academic interest and conduct, under faculty supervision, research related to a problem or issue facing the sponsor of the internship. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

Graduate Courses

ISS 5930r. Special Topics in Social Science (1-3).
ISS 5942r. Supervised Teaching (1-3). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION: see Educational Foundations and Policy Studies

SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION: see Curriculum and Instruction