School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
As a collective of several disciplines, social science is the study of people, groups of people, institutions, and organizations. It is a commitment to the description, explanation and prediction of human behavior. Social scientists ask such questions as: How are groups formed? How do people produce and distribute goods? Why do cities grow, and why do some cities decay? What are the causes of war, of racial discrimination, of revolutions? What roles do government, law and politics play in our society? And, how can we improve our quality of life? Social science uses rigorous methodologies to apply ideas and theories to the real world. Degrees in the social sciences provide students with the tools of critical thinking that allow them to work and succeed in business, government and not-for-profit organizations.
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Criminology, Economics, Geography, International Political Economy, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology. Each degree offers a large number of elective hours that allow students to direct their educational focus. Careers building on social science degrees include law, public service, finance, banking, criminal justice, human resource management, teaching, market research and analysis, urban planning and counseling to name a few.
Professors: Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Daniel Arce, Kurt Beron, Brian J. L. Berry (Dean), Anthony M. Champagne, Harold Clarke, Rachel Croson, Lloyd J. Dumas, Catherine Eckel, Euel Elliott (Senior Associate Dean), Daniel Griffith, Edward J. Harpham, Donald A. Hicks, Paul Jargowsky, L. Douglas Kiel, Murray J. Leaf, Robert Lowry, James Marquart, James C. Murdoch, Lawrence J. Redlinger, Todd Sandler, Richard K. Scotch, Barry J. Seldon, Marianne C. Stewart, Paul Tracy, Wim P. M. Vijverberg, Douglas Watson
Associate Professors: Bobby C. Alexander, Philip K. Armour, Nathan Berg, Thomas Brunell, Marie Chevrier, Simon Fass, Jennifer S. Holmes, Bruce Jacobs, Thomislav Kovandzik, Susan Williams McElroy, Fang Qui, Kevin Siqueria, Gregory S. Thielemann, Michael Tiefelsdorf, John Worrall
Assistant Professors: Paul Battaglio, Patrick Brandt, Kevin Curtin, Chetan Dave, Douglas Dow, Karen Hayslett-McCall, Melinda Kane, Linda Kemp Keith, Robert Morris, Stephanie Newbold, Denise Pacquette-Boots, Clint Peinhardt, Alicia Schortgen, Sheryl Skaggs, Lynne Vieraitis, Carole Wilson
Professors Emeritus: Alexander L. Clark, Irving J. Hoch
Research Professor: Sonya Salamon
Clinical Professors: Donald Arbuckle, Stuart Murchison
Clinical Associate Professor: Wendy Hassett
Clinical Assistant Professors: Timothy Bray, Wenhua Di, Danielle Lavin-Loucks
Senior Lecturers: Brian Bearry, Teodora Benevides, Cliff Bowden, Kruti Dholakia (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education)
Programs and General Courses
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences has seven degree-granting programs: Criminology, Economics, Geography, International Political Economy, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology. Within each of these programs, students may specialize in areas that complement their interests and career plans, such as urban studies, political economy, law and society, and comparative studies. Students should also note that many courses listed under Interdisciplinary Studies (ISSS) and Social Sciences (SOCS) apply within their major.
Minor Areas of Study
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers minors in Criminology, Economics, Geography, International Political Economy, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology. Minors are described following each major. The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences requires that a minimum of 12 of the 18 hours for a minor be taken at UTD.
Related Minor Areas: (See Minor's Handbook for specific course requirements)
Minor in Urban Development (18 hours)
Minor in Gender Studies (18 hours)
Minor in Global Studies (18 hours)
Social Studies Teacher Certification
Teacher certification is offered in Composite Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Government, and History. Specific course requirements are available in the Teacher Development Center.
Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences Core Requirements
All undergraduates receiving degrees in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences must have taken and passed a core of courses designed to provide breadth and an interdisciplinary perspective beyond any individual social science discipline. These courses include:
- Three semester hours in economics (normally ECON 2302 or ECON 2301)
- Three semester hours in sociology (normally SOC 1301 or SOC 2319)
- Four semester hours in statistics (normally SOCS 3405)
- Three semester hours in an approved ISSS or other Social Science course with a comparative or
international focus; see required comparative or international courses under Major Core Courses under each Major.
- Three semester hours in an approved Social Science course satisfying the advanced writing requirement; see courses under Major Core Courses for each Major.
- Three semester hours in an approved ISSS or other Social Science course with a distributive justice focus; see required distributive justice courses under Major Core Courses for each Major.
Internship and Independent Study Policy
The total number of independent study and internship hours are limited to nine total hours with the exception of extenuating circumstances to be approved by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
Undergraduate EPPS majors with a strong academic record (3.00 or above) are encouraged to enter the Fast Track program, which allows qualified seniors to take up to 15 credit hours of graduate courses during their senior year. The number of hours required to complete the graduate degree is reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed with grades of B or better. So, for example if the degree requirements were 36 hours, a Fast-Track undergraduate who passed 12 hours of well-chosen graduate coursework with grades of A or B, would have only 36-12=24 hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete the graduate degree. When a successful Fast-Track student graduates with the B.S./B.A. degree, he or she still needs to complete an application for admission to the graduate school at UT Dallas and meet all requirements for admission, including the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and letters of recommendation. Degree requirements and hours vary by programs. Students enrolled in the Fast Track must maintain a 3.00 grade point average and earn grades of B or better in graduate courses taken. Students who are interested in the Fast Track should speak with the Program Head and complete an application form with their academic advisor prior to the final 30 credit hours of work for the B.A. or B.S. degree.
Economics, Political, and Policy Sciences Honors Program
The School Honors Program in the School of EPPS provides eligible students with the opportunity for recognition at the Program level for scholarly performance in degree programs within the School. In order to earn EPPS honors a student must:
- graduate with an overall GPA of 3.40 or higher
- graduate with a GPA of 3.40 or higher in their major program of study
- complete any two of the following requirements:
- Complete 9 hours of honors designated courses as determined by the program, with no less than a "B" in each course.
- Complete an internship by completing three hours of 4V98 internship. The internship must be approved by the Program Head, and have a significant research component
- Register for 4V99 Senior Honors and complete an Honors paper.
School Honors with Distinction will be awarded to those students who complete a Senior Honors thesis, and whose paper is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality and provided the student meets the other requirements stated above.
Students must apply for admission to the Program Head and Undergraduate Program advisor of the academic program in which they expect to receive their degree. Students must apply no later than 30 semester hours prior to graduation and no earlier than 60 hours prior to graduation.