B.A. Requirements

Human Sciences in the Contemporary World

The Human Sciences in the Contemporary world major (B.A.) requires a total of 40 course hours, a senior thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis.

Twenty-eight hours are specified as follows: (i) twenty-five credit hours in courses designated as Human Sciences in the Contemporary World courses: HUSC 2301 or 2311, 3311, 3312, 3331, 3332, 3341, 4341, 4342, and 4142; and (ii) three hours in statistics: MAT 2305 (Introduction to Statistics) or an equivalent.

Twelve hours are elective, chosen from appropriate Constantin College and College of Business courses as explained in the following paragraph.

Students pursuing the B.A. will formulate a study plan that must be approved by the Chair; the plan must be approved no later than the fifth week of the fall semester of their junior year. The plan will include the twenty-eight course hours specified above plus an additional twelve elective credit hours of Constantin College and College of Business courses approved by the Chair (see the link "Courses," on the left of this page, for further information).  At least nine of these elective hours must be at the 3000-level or higher, and at least six of them must be closely related, preferably in a single department. (HUSC majors are especially encouraged to take courses in recent history.) The twelve elective hours should be chosen with a view toward the required bachelors thesis, which must reflect significant research on and original analysis of a topic approved by the Chair or the Chair's designee. 

Suggested Four-Year Schedule Plan

Year I - Fall                                      Credit hours

English 1301                                              3

History 1311                                              3

Language 1301 (or 2311)                         3

Philosophy 1301                                       3

Science                                                       4


Year I - Spring

Economics 1311                                        3

English 1302                                              3

History 1312                                              3

Language 1302 (or 2312)                         3

Theology 1310                                          3


Year II 

HUSC 2301 or 2311                                 3

English 2311-2312                                   6

History 2301-2302                                   6

Language 2311-2312 (or Electives)       6

Math 2305 (Statistics) or equivalent   3

Philosophy 2323                                     3

Theology 2311                                        3


Year III - Fall

HUSC 3331                                            3

HUSC 4341                                            3

Fine Arts                                                3

Philosophy 3311                                    3

Politics 1311                                           3


Year III - Spring

HUSC 3311 or 3312                              3

HUSC 3332                                            3

HUSC 3341                                            3

Electives in major                                 6


 Year IV - Fall

HUSC 4342                                             3

Electives in Major                                 6

Science                                                    4

Nonmajor Elective                               3


Year IV - Spring

HUSC 3312 or 3311                             3

HUSC 4142                                            1

Nonmajor Electives                           12



Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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Transfer Students (Re)discover Home at UD

Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA ’18, and Rebecca Luna, BA ’19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Though their paths diverged briefly following high school, their friendship is now reunited on our university’s Irving campus.

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