This is a degree map for Thomas Edison State University's Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences built primarily by user sanatone. Please check your specific TESU catalog to ensure the degree requirements match those listed here.

Please note that this degree map only includes the area of study requirements, and you should combine these courses with a general education requirement map (such as Sanantone's General Education Options).

This plan relies primarily on CLEP/DSST exams, however many other ACE or NCCRS approved options are available.

Unique Requirements

  1. Students complete 33 credits in the social sciences concentration.
  2. At least three different social science subjects must be included.
  3. Students must earn at least 12 credits in one subject area. A maximum of 18 credits can be earned in any one subject area.
  4. A maximum of two college- level courses equating to the 100 level can be applied toward the area of concentration. A minimum of 18 credits equating to upper level 300 or 400 Thomas Edison State University courses are required.

Psychology Options

  • DSST Fundamentals of Counseling (transcribed as PSY 331), DSST Lifespan Developmental, Psychology, DSST Organizational Behavior (UL), CLEP Introductory Psychology, CLEP Educational Psychology, CLEP Human Growth and Development, UExcel Lifespan Developmental Psychology, UExcel Abnormal Psychology (UL), UExcel Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (UL), UExcel Social Psychology (UL), UExcel Research Methods in Psychology (UL), UExcel Introduction to Psychology, Straighterline Organizational Behavior (UL), Straighterline Introduction to Psychology, TECEP Abnormal Psychology (UL), TECEP Psychology of Women.

Economics Options

DSST Money and Banking, CLEP Principles of Microeconomics, CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics, UExcel Introduction to Microeconomics, UExcel Introduction to Macroeconomics, Straighterline Microeconomics, TECEP Microeconomics, and Straighterline Macroeconomics

Geography Options

DSST Human/Cultural Geography

Political Science Options

CLEP American Government, UExcel Political Science, Saylor Introduction to Western Political Thought, TECEP Introduction to Comparative Politics, and TECEP Introduction to Political Science

Anthropology Options

DSST General Anthropology

Social Science Options

DSST Substance Abuse (UL), CLEP Social Sciences and History (6 credits)

History Options

DSST The Civil War and Reconstruction, DSST A History of the Vietnam War (UL), DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (UL), CLEP Western Civilization I, CLEP Western Civilization II, CLEP History of the United States I, CLEP History of the United States II, UExcel World Conflicts Since 1900 (UL), Straighterline Western Civilization I, and Straighterline US History I

Administration of Justice Options

DSST Introduction to Law Enforcement, DSST Criminal Justice, and Straighterline Introduction to Criminal Justice (TESU will no longer allow the use of both Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice)

Sociology Options

CLEP Introduction Sociology, TECEP Marriage and the Family, UExcel Introduction to Sociology, UExcel Cultural Diversity (UL), UExcel Foundations of Gerontology, UExcel Juvenile Delinquency (UL), UExcel World Population (UL), and Straighterline Introduction to Sociology

Required Capstone

TESU's LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone course is required and can not be transferred in.


  • You may be able to find cheap and self-paced Penn Foster courses to fulfill these areas as long as they are currently ACE-approved.

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