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Social Sciences (SSC)

Social Sciences (SSC)

251 Introduction to Social Science Research
Students will learn the basics of social science research, including a broad array of research methodologies.  At the end of the course, students will have completed a research design that can be used in upper level research courses.  Prerequisites:  Any course that satisfies the mathematics core requirement (MTH 103, 105, 107, 111, 112, 203, or 211).
Three hours, three credits.

290 Stewardship toward Sustainability Immersion
This course will cover deep ecology principles, ecopsychology, and environmental ethics while fostering a full examination of the student’s ecological self in relation to his/her bioregion. This course is intended to help the student connect in deep and meaningful ways with the natural environment through a variety of intensive immersion experiences.
Three hours, three credits

299 Digital Storytelling: An Academic and Community based Research Experience
This course introduces students to the value of human experiences by focusing on the stories and voices from various communities.  Using a combination of classroom teaching and field study, students will use audio, digital equipment (photo and video) to record the experiences and events relevant to the people of a community.  The selection of a project and community will be based on a collaborative effort between the instructor and community leaders.  Prerequisite: Sophomore standing .
Three hours, three credits.

465 Quantitative Data Analysis
This experiential course is a follow up course for students who have taken any research class where quantitative data was collected.  SSC 465 will introduce students to computer software in common use for examining quantitative data in the Social Sciences.  Students will examine and analyze previously collected data using appropriate methods with this software.  Students will be required to analyze, make a written report, and make a presentation on their data.  Prerequisites: Research class where students have collected quantitative data suitable for use by the analysis software, and permission of the instructor.
Three hours, three credits.

490 Stewardship toward Sustainability Capstone Seminar
This course synthesizes concepts of stewardship and sustainability with the student’s major and core courses.  Through class discussion, review of current literature, and the crafting and delivery of a culminating paper or project, this course promotes critical thinking related to our human/nature relationship and potential changes needed to accomplish a truly sustainable future. Prerequisites: SSC 290 and completion of at least 20 credits within the certificate program.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits