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Social Science
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in social science from University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll gain perspectives from the fields of anthropology, the behavioral sciences, gerontology, psychology, and sociology. You'll also have the opportunity to drill down and focus on one of these fields to advance your professional experience. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, combines theories with real-world applications and practical skills.

Program Highlights
  • Analyze data: Analyze how quantitative and qualitative methods are used in social science research.
  • Communicate concepts: Communicate social science concepts and research findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Study communities: Examine how micro and macro-level factors are linked in the lives of individuals and communities.
  • Analyze complex issues: Analyze complex social issues using theoretical approaches, critical thinking skills, and technology.
  • Evaluate research: Evaluate social science research using ethical principles and standards for professional conduct.
  • Examine real problems: Apply concepts of diversity and global multicultural perspectives to examine practical problems.
Required Courses
  • 6 credits of introductory (100-level) social science coursework, chosen from the following:

    • (3 Credits, ANTH 102)

    • (3 Credits, GERO 100)

    • (3 Credits, PSYC 100)

    • (3 Credits, SOCY 100)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 210)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 220) or
    (3 Credits, BEHS 250)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 300)

  • (3 Credits, BEHS 495)
  • Upper-level ANTH, BEHS, GERO, PSYC, or SOCY courses (12 credits): Focused study in anthropology, gerontology, psychology, or sociology recommended

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:


  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)

Degree Focus

To align with the 12-credit upper-level requirement listed above, we recommend you choose from one of the following groups of classes below to align with your career interests:

Anthropology Focus


  • (3 Credits, ANTH 345)

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 346)

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 350)

  • (3 Credits, ANTH 351)

Gerontology Focus


  • (3 Credits, GERO 302)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 311)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 427)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 320)

Psychology Focus


  • (3 Credits, PSYC 321)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 338)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 351)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 354)

Sociology Focus


  • (3 Credits, SOCY 313)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 325)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 423)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 350)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for careers in policy analysis, research, program development, and management in fields that include business administration, elder care, government, health services, law enforcement, human resources, and community service.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Gerontology and Aging Services
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in gerontology and aging services from University of Maryland Global Campus, you’ll learn about the physiological, social, and psychological aspects of aging, and gain an understanding of programs, services, and policies that impact how we age and live as older adults. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, will provide you with hands-on experiences in the aging services sector in preparation for a career that improves quality of life for this important and growing segment of the population.

Program Highlights
  • Interpret research: Apply research findings related to biological, psychological, and social processes.
  • Proactively solve problems: Analyze case studies to identify key problems and propose reasonable solutions.
  • Develop leadership skills: Design a health promotion campaign to promote wellness among older adults.
  • Analyze data: Analyze policies related to aging and their impact on services and organizations.
  • Gain hands-on experience: Apply knowledge to work with older adults in a chosen area of practice.
  • Evaluate processes: Consider how the aging process is affected by retirement and healthcare.
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, GERO 100)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 301)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 302)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 306)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 311)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 320)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 338)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 342)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 390)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 427)

  • (3 Credits, GERO 486A)
    You must take this Workplace Learning course concurrently with a new internship or work project related to your academic program. Prior program approval is required.

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:


  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a number of gerontological careers in areas that include program management, program and policy analysis, services development, and housing and facilities management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is ideal for individuals who already have some healthcare experience or experience with the aging population.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
To up 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Required internship (can be virtual)
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Psychology
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With an online bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Maryland Global Campus, you’ll acquire a valuable knowledge base of theory, research, and practice in the psychological sciences. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, gives you the opportunity to analyze human behavior and hone your quantitative skills, communication proficiencies, and analytical and scientific reasoning expertise. Coursework in this program can help you gain skills and knowledge that can serve you well in business, healthcare, and education settings as well as advanced studies in social sciences.

Program Highlights
  • Evaluate research: Describe advantages, limitations, and ethical implications of various research strategies.
  • Solve problems: Use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems.
  • Analyze psychological practice: Evaluate psychological science and practice based on ethical principles of psychology.
  • Communicate ideas: Communicate knowledge, ideas, arguments, and perspectives with diverse groups.
  • Study diversity: Appraise sociocultural and international diversity and learn how it influences behavior.
  • Work toward your goals: Apply psychology-specific content skills to career readiness and lifetime learning goals.
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 100)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 300)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 301)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 310) or any upper-level PSYC course

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 321)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 335)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 341) or any upper-level PSYC course

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 351) or any upper-level PSYC course

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 353)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 436)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 495)

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:


  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for graduate study, research, or direct services work at a mental health or medical facility. It can also provide useful skills for work in related fields, such as human resources, advertising, customer relations, or program management.

State-Specific Details

Learn more about professional licensure.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

Learn more about professional licensure as it relates to this program.

View additional state-specific details.

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