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How to Read a Degree Requirements Table

The following information is provided to supplement the general degree requirements information.

These two pages will help you learn about the requirements you must meet to earn a particular degree at Boise State:

  • Obtaining a Degree—explains the general requirements for all undergraduate degrees.
  • Majors and Minors—is devoted to the department or other academic unit that offers the degree you are interested in obtaining. Use the table to find a degree that you are interested in. That degree’s requirement table will explain requirements specific to that degree.

The table below is a typical degree requirements table. You should carefully review this table and the explanations of its elements before you being planning how you will meet the requirements for your degree. And, you should consult with your advisor and with other faculty members within the department offering your major.

Hover over the hyperlinked sections to review the degree requirement explanations.

Social Science BS
Course Number and TitleCredits
Foundational Studies Program requirements indicated in bold
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
DLM Mathematics3-4
DLN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab
DLN Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
DLV Visual and Performing Arts3
DLL Literature and Humanities3-4
DLS SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
DLS Social Sciences course in a second field3
CID SOC 201 Theories of Society
SOC 493 Internship or
SOC 496 Independent Study
FF SOC 498 Senior Seminar
Methods course:
GENDER 302 Research Methods and Perspectives
POLS 398 Advanced Political Science Methods
PSYC 321 Research Methods
SOC 311 Social Research
SOC 412 Qualitative Social Research Methods

Statistics course:
POLS 298 Introduction to Political Inquiry
PSYC 295 Statistical Methods
SOC 310 Elementary Social Statistics
Upper-division first social science field*9
Upper-division second social science field*9
*Select from the following for first and second fields of study: anthropology, communication, criminal justice, economics, gender studies, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Only three (3) credit hours in each field may be workshops, special topics, independent study courses, or internships.
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits