Department of Social Sciences


Greetings! I am very pleased to welcome you to the Department of the Social Sciences whether you are a new student or if you are continuing your educational journey here at UCCI towards either an undergraduate or graduate degree.

I hope that you will enjoy your time at UCCI and that it will be a time of learning, intellectual and experiential growth which will culminate in academic success. You are both privileged and challenged to be university students in very interesting and turbulent times for the Caribbean region and, indeed, the entire international community now embedded in the globalization phenomenon.

The Department of the Social Sciences through its Associate and Bachelor Degrees aims to ensure that you fully understand human progress and be thoroughly prepared to be a contributor.

The social sciences encompass diverse concerns of society and include a wide a range of content, drawn from the disciplines of history, geography, political science, philosophy Psychology and sociology. The Social Sciences are of great importance not only in terms of increasing relevance for a job in the rapidly expanding service sector, but they are indispensable in laying the foundations for an analytical and creative mind.

The Department seeks to encourage the critically reflection on social issues that have a bearing on the creative coexistence between the individual and the collective good. The disciplines that make up the social sciences, namely history, geography, political science, Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy have distinct methodologies that often justify the preservation of boundaries. However, this Department seeks to open up the boundaries of these disciplines to ensure that a plurality of approaches is applied to understand a given phenomenon.

The goal of the Department is to offer courses of study which challenge students to develop an understanding of the dynamics of individual and social behavior from a number of perspectives. It seeks to provide the information needed to think critically, write coherently, and identify salient issues so students can function as effective, productive citizens.

Dr. Livingston Smith
Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Director of Research & Publications

Associate Degree

Associate of Arts (AA) - Social Science

Degree Plan:

Fall One

  • ENG 101 College Composition I
  • MAT 111 Introduction to Statistics
  • SPA 101 Introduction to Spanish Lab 1 / Lab
  • Science 1
  • Sociology 101 Introduction to Sociology

Spring One

  • Eng 102 College Composition II
  • MAT 105 College Algebra
  • SPAN 102 Introduction to Spanish II / Lab
  • Science 2
  • Sociology 102 Sociology II


  • Elective 1
  • His 120 Caymanian Society

Fall Two

  • Eco 221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ENG 201 Caribbean Literature
  • HIS 121 Survey of Caribbean History
  • POL 101 Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 202 Government, Business and Society

Spring Two

  • Eco 222 Principles of Macro-Economics
  • HIS 132 Caribbean Civilization
  • HIS 131 Modern World History
  • POL 201 Introduction to International Relations and Politics
  • SOCI 202 Sociology, Change and Development

Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Social Science

With concentrations in: Applied Sociology, Human Resource Management, Finance, Public Service Management and Tourism Management

The Bachelor in the Social Sciences will produce individuals who can analyze the needs of society; identify social problems and develop social programs to address those problems, and who can manage public sector enterprises. The program strives to produce leaders who can think independently, write clearly and who have a commitment to social justice and community development.

This programme prepares students to assume positions in policy development and research, in government departments and agencies, social work, education and community services, journalism and human resource management.

The graduates of this programme can pursue graduate studies in public policy, sociology, public administration and human resource management, Business and Finance.

(A) General Education and Social Science Requirements


  • ENG 301 Advanced Writing Skills

Social Science Requirements (27 credits)

  • SOC 300 The Philosophy and Methods of the Social Sciences
  • POL 301 Caribbean Political Thought
  • ECO 421 Theories in Caribbean Economic Development
  • SOC 305 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • POL 422 International Political Economy
  • SOC 450 Social Studies Senior Thesis Oral Exam
  • POL 302 Caribbean Politics
  • ECO 423 International Economics
  • ECO 426 Public Finance
  • POL 303 Introduction to Political Analysis
  • POL 330 Caribbean International Relations

Electives (6 credits)

  • Six electives may be chosen from any 300 or 400 level courses

(B) Specialization Areas and Career Concentrations

Students must choose two areas of specialization or career concentration from the following choices:

  1. Applied Sociology
  2. Public Service Management
  3. Human Resources Management
  4. Finance
  5. Tourism Management

Applied Sociology - choose 15 credits from the following:

  • SOC 301 Classics of Social Theory
  • PSY 304 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SOC 309 Media and Society
  • SOC 400 Sociology for the Caribbean
  • PSY 404 Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology
  • SOC 407 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 410 Sociology of Tourism
  • SOC 303 Marriage and the Family
  • SOC 405 Contemporary Issues in Responding to Crime
  • SOC 406 Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SOC 409 Leadership of Social Agencies
  • SOC 412 Health Care Policy 

Public Service Management - choose 15 credits from the following:

  • COM 401 Management Information Systems
  • ECON 321 Managerial Economics
  • FIN 301 Financial Management (this course will be counted only once if the student also chooses Finance as a concentration)
  • MGT 331 Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 434 Talent Management
  • MGT 432 Business Ethics
  • MGT 431 Strategic Management
  • MKT 300 Principles of Marketing

Human Resources Management - choose 15 credits from the following:

  • HRM 304 Personnel Management
  • HRM 303 Employment and Labor Law
  • HRM 401 Performance Management
  • HRM 403 Employee Compensation Strategies
  • HRM 405 Advanced Human Resource Management
  • HRM 406 Research Project in Human Resource Management

Finance - choose 15 credits from the following:

  • FIN 301 Financial Management (this course will be counted only once if the student also chooses Public Service Management as a concentration)
  • FIN 302 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • FIN 303 International Finance
  • FIN 401 Intermediate Financial Management
  • FIN 403 Investments
  • FIN 406 Strategies and Policies in Financial Management

Tourism Management - choose 15 credits from the following:

  • TOR 302 The Business of Tourism
  • TOR 303 Visitor Attractions Development and Management
  • TOR 305 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism
  • TOR 307 Caribbean Tourism
  • TOR 405 Tourism Policy, Planning and Development
  • TOR 406 Tourism Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • TOR 400 Tourism and Transportation




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