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Monday, September 10, 2012

Humanities & Social Sciences

As you know, within our 92 total quarter-unit prerequisite requirements, we require 28 quarter units in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences. Within that 28 quarter-unit requirement, you must include the following:
  1. One course in Public Speaking or Debate (your choice!)
  2. One course in Economics... Micro- or Macro- (your choice!)
  3. One course in one of the following: (again, totally your choice!)
      • Introduction to Psychology or 
      • Introduction to Sociology or 
      • Cultural Anthropology
So, let's pretend the above three courses total 13.5 quarter units. Since we require 28 quarter units, this means you must identify additional courses that will total 14.5 quarter units (which will likely be only 3 or 4 additional courses in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences.)

"What do you mean by 'Humanities and Social Sciences' huh?"  I can't even begin to tell you how often we get this question. Hence this blog post.... 

I hate giving away the answers. Instead, I like to provide people with tools to find the answers themselves. It reminds me of that quote about teaching someone to fish, rather than fishing for them. Let me find it. Ah, here... 


So... rather than provide an answer with a list of subjects that fall within the Humanities and Social Sciences (too easy), I direct them to Wikipedia where I've found the most comprehensive list of subject areas for the two disciplines. Here, check it out:


Last but not least, since I love photos, here's a visual....



Finally (even though the above was "last, but not least"), whenever we talk about "quarter units", questions arise regarding "semester units" and whether we accept semester units. UCSF is on the quarter system so we count everything in quarter units. To convert your semester units to quarter units... 


I think that's all for now. Carry on....

6 comments:

niloofar faghihi said...

if I take both macroeconomic and macroeconomic would one of them consider as those extra 4 courses that we should take in human sciences?

Joel W. Gonzales said...

Yes. If you complete both macroeconomics and microeconomics, one can be used for our econ requirement and the other can be listed to fulfill additional elective unit requirements.

Anonymous said...

all of my units add to 27 and to get to 28 i have an art class but it is 4.5 quarter units and if i add it it passes the 28 units mark, can i still add it?

Joel W. Gonzales said...

There's a post called "The Magic 28" that will answer this question. http://pharmdadmissions.ucsf.edu/2014/10/the-magic-28.html

Zhaojin Lu said...

I am taking German as my elective. Could it be counted as humanity or social science?

Joel W. Gonzales said...

Yes, it would be considered an elective. Please review the links included in the post.

 
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