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Application deadline to begin the following Fall semester: April 1 by 5 PM (submitted to Admissions and Records)

Application deadline to begin the following Spring semester: November 1 by 5 PM (submitted to Admissions and Records)

Requirements for Admission to the BASS

1. An Associate's of Arts or Sciences
2. A minimum GPA of 2.5 for the Associate's degree and
3. A grade of C- or higher in Eng 102.

Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science students focus on the core social science disciplines of anthropology, history, political science, and psychology. Courses in these and other areas broaden students' knowledge base while honing communication and critical thinking skills. 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, political behavior, the American West, the environment, the Silk Roads, social psychology, among others.

All classes required to complete the BA in Social Science are online, including the capstone class. 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 Science’s 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.


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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! In addition, students are required to complete 6 credits of "Additional Upper Division Social Science" electives. These can include CRJ, ECON, SW and an additional INT 349 class with a different topic. Please see the document "UD Course Rotation Plus Electives" below.

Relevant Additional Reading, Forms, or Other Information

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Program Faculty

Laurie Walsh, PhD Anthropology
Anthropology Professor, Elko; email 775.327.2257

Jonathan Foster, PhD History
History Professor, Elko; email 775.327.2261

Stephanie Davis, MS Psychology
Psychology Professor, Elko; email 775.327.2258

Ethan Hawkley, PhD History
BASS Program Supervisor and History Instructor, Elko; email 775.327.2267

Konstantinos Travlos, PhD Political Science
Political Science Professor, Elko; email 775-327-2275

For More Information, Contact

Ethan Hawkley: 775.327.2279, Ethan.hawkley(a)

Kelli Baker: 775.327.2234, kelli.baker(a)

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