Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS)

What Makes ISS Unique

1) ISS views complex social issues through multiple lenses.

The social sciences are disciplines concerned with social life and relationships among individuals. Because all human behavior is social, the subject matter of interest to social scientists varies widely and ranges from individual social experiences to political structures, policies and cultural systems. Many disciplines in the social sciences address issues of social concern, as do other fields of study including the humanities, health sciences, and others. Complex modern problems often require us to use a variety of disciplinary lenses in order to enhance understanding and create cutting-edge solutions. The ISS program at USF provides an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences and related fields customized to student interests and career goals. ISS offers a wide choice of courses, and an opportunity to design a quality program geared toward individual needs and interests.

Melissa Sloan

Dr. Melissa Sloan teaching on the Sarasota-Manatee campus.

2) Access to a vibrant research active community of faculty and graduate students.

The ISS program is housed within the Department of Sociology on the Tampa campus of USF. It is one of two undergraduate majors in the department, which also has a masters and a doctoral program in Sociology. Members of the sociology department’s award winning faculty and graduate students are actively involved in the ISS program, providing outstanding classroom instruction and opportunities for community engagement, undergraduate research, study abroad, and mentorship.

3) ISS has been certified as a Global Pathway Program.

Global Pathway majors have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway majors are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

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