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About the Program

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science students focus on the core social science disciplines of anthropology, history, political science, and psychology. Courses in research methods, writing, ethics, and special topic integrative seminars broaden students' knowledge base while honing communication and critical thinking skills. Optional internships and the required capstone course also provide opportunities to develop skills, make connections, and apply newly acquired knowledge to professional projects.

The program's faculty offer a wide array of courses encompassing broad interests. Students can take classes covering Indians of North America, the Roman Empire, political behavior, the American West, the environment, and social psychology, among others.

All classes required to complete the BA in Social Science are online, including the capstone class. There is no internship required. The ability to complete this degree completely online allows today's students the flexibility they need to be successful in their college pursuits, as well as their work and personal lives.

Upon graduating, the successful learner will have a skill set that can be applied to a professional career or graduate school. Graduates of social science programs at GBC have gone on to careers in archaeology, education, counseling, human resources, higher education, and environmental consultation. Others have moved forward in their existing careers with federal agencies, non-profits groups, and industry. Social Science graduates have also successfully entered graduate programs in education, social work, library science, sociology, and law.

Our Students

Many of our students seek the increased accessibility and affordability offered by the online BA in Social Science program. They come from diverse backgrounds, often working full time or part time while parenting. The online BA in Social Science provides the increased accessibility that these students need. We believe the resultant student diversity strengthens the BA in Social Scienceís interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective as it brings many voices to the classroom. Also, Great Basin College has recently been recognized as one of the most affordable colleges nationwide in terms of offering online degrees.

Getting Started

Itís easy! Take few moments and contact the Great Basin College Social Science Department or the program supervisor or just fill out and submit the application for admission found on this page.


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  • Current and Prospective Students: Please click on the attached file below in the "Relevant Additional Reading" section for a schedule of our upper division classes. It is important to note that, currently, each of our upper division classes are only offered once a year. In order to meet the requirements of completing two upper division classes in each of the four disciplines, the attached schedule must be closely adhered to. Please consult with your adviser each semester to make sure you are on track!

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Program Faculty

Stephanie Davis, MS
Program Supervisor and Psychology Professor, Elko 775.753.4858

Jonathan Foster, PhD
Faculty Advisor and History Professor, Elko 775.753.2128

Danny Gonzales, PhD
Faculty Advisor and Political Science Professor, Elko 775.753.2114

Laurie Walsh, PhD
Faculty Advisor and Anthropology Professor, Elko 775.753.2331

For More Information, Contact

Stephanie Davis: 775.753.4858, stephanie.davis(a)

Brianne Murphy: 775.753.2244, brianne.murphy(a)

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