Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Specializations:Children and Society
Community Education
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:45.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

Children and Society Specialization

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Main Campus Building 86, Room 112 (850)474-2755 https://uwf.edu/isscs/ CEPSAdvising@uwf.edu

Community Education Specialization

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Main Campus Building 85, Room 196 (850) 857-6306 http://uwf.edu/education/ teel@uwf.edu

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is for students wishing to pursue careers in fields that focus on solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. Specializations available are Children & Society and Community Education. Courses in these specializations draw from multiple disciplines.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences must meet the requirements listed below.

Consult with your academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Studies requirement and common prerequisites.

For Children and Society specialization:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all major and major related courses.

For Community Education specialization:
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in all major and major related courses.

Children and Society Specialization

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Social Science Children and Society specialization is to prepare students to study, support, and work with children and their families. The program emphasizes the complex and interconnected issues and challenges faced by children and families in modern society. The broad focus enables students to explain phenomenon, solve problems, and raise new questions in ways uncommon through a single-disciplinary focus.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement: 

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Students are required to take two introductory courses in social science, and it is recommend that students take 1000/2000 level courses required in their chosen specializations.6
Total Hours6

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.18-24
Total Hours18-24

Major

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all major and major related courses.

Core Courses

Core Courses
CCJ 3024Criminal Justice System +3
CCJ 4700Research Design in Criminal Justice +3
CCJ 4940Criminal Justice Internship +3
CJJ 4010Juvenile Justice +3
SOW 3650Introduction to Child Welfare +3
Choose three of the following:9
Child Development +
Psychology of Adolescence +
Applied Foundations of Education +
Case Management +
Adolescents At Risk +
Families and Family Treatment +
The Family +
Total Hours24

Major-Related

Choose from courses not taken as part of the core:24
Cultural Ecology +
Family Crime and Violence +
Autism Spectrum +
Current Issues in Health Promotion +
Essentials of Public Health +
Family Law +
Social Psychology +
Human Trafficking +
Inequality in America +
Other electives as approved by advisor
Total Hours24

Upper Division Electives

The remainder of the program will be comprised of electives that students can select without limitation. However, students will be advised to select additional 3000/4000 level courses to total at least 48sh at the 3000/4000 level if necessary. If students do not require additional 3000/4000 level courses, they may take 1000/2000 level courses at UWF.12
Total Hours12

Interdisciplinary Community Education Specialization

The interdisciplinary Community Education specialization provides a broad view of issues related to educating children and youth in high-poverty communities. The specialization provides students with a framework to address the diverse learning needs of underprivileged children and youth and evaluate programming used in community education.  Graduates of this specialization are prepared to work in a variety of community-based settings or agencies that provide educational programming for children and youth, especially those living in poverty. A grade below “C-” in any major or major related course cannot be used to satisfy a program requirement.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Students are required to take two introductory courses in social science, and it is recommended that students take 1000/2000 level courses required in their chosen specializations.6

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. Students are encouraged to develop an additional area of expertise and pursue a complementary minor (e.g., Psychology, Community Health Promotion, or Child Welfare).18-24

Major Courses

DEP 3103Child Development +3
or DEP 4305 Psychology of Adolescence
or DEP 2004 Human Development Across the Lifespan
EDF 3234Applied Foundations of Education +3
EDG 3945Field Experience 1 +3
EDG 4077Learning In Community Education Environments +3
EDG 4334Universal Design for Learning in Community Learning Environments +3
EDG 4373Integrated Arts and Contemporary Educational Tools +3
EDG 4442Effective Learning Environments +3
EDG 4064Teaching at Risk Learners +3
EDG 4931Capstone Seminar in Community Education +3
EDG 4944High Impact Practice Practicum +3
EDG 4947High-Impact Practice Seminar +3
EEX 3070Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration +3
LAE 3314Literacy for the Emergent Learner +3
RED 3310Literacy Instruction for the Intermediate Learner +3
TSL 4080ESOL Principles and Practices +3
Total Hours45

Major Related 

Choose 15 sh of advisor-approved electives (3000-level or higher), including at least 12 sh of courses not offered by the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership. Students are encouraged to develop an additional area of expertise and pursue a complementary minor (e.g., Psychology, Community Health Promotion, or Child Welfare).15