A student pursuing a four-year degree programme at the University of Cape Coast needs a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate. The credit hours include core courses which every student is expected to offer and pass. The structure of an undergraduate degree programme consists of the following: University-wide programmes: These are African Studies, Communicative Skills, Inter-faculty courses and Information Retrieval. All these are classified as core courses; Faculty-based courses: These are Social Science Research (SSR) courses. These are classified as core courses and studied over two semesters as SSR 201 (Basic Statistics) and SSR 202 (Research Methods); Departmental core courses; and Departmental optional courses.
To graduate, student should register for and pass all the courses under categories 1-3 listed above as well as the stipulated optional courses under categories 4. A student who fails a course in categories 1-3 will have to re-sit and pass that course, while a student who fails a course under category 4, can either re-sit that course or replace it with another optional course. For each semester, a student is expected to register for a minimum of 15 credits. The maximum credit hours allowed per semester is 18. As contained in Section 3.5 of the University of Cape Coast Academic Programmes, Policies and Regulations of 2004, “A student can carry the maximum work-load for not more than five semesters in a four-year programme; not more than four semesters in a three-year programme; and, not more than three semesters in a two-year programme”.
Students can combine any three of the following subjects in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Level 100:
At Level 200, a Social Science student will be expected to drop one of the three subjects from Level 100 and replace it with the Faculty-based Social Sciences Research (SSR) courses namely, SSR 201 (Basic Statistics) and SSR 202 (Research Methods). At Level 300, a student will read the two subjects that he/she pursued at Level 200. At Level 400, a student who obtains a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 and above in the two subjects read up to the end of Level 300, will have the option of pursuing a single-or double-subject honours programme. In addition to the above, all the rules and regulations governing under-graduate programmes at the University of Cape Coast shall apply for the award of a degree.
To become a centre of excellence in research, teaching, advocacy and application of issues related to Social Sciences for national development.
The Faculty of Social Sciences seeks to provide opportunities for the development of critical thinking, to challenge both staff and students to be creative and responsive to national needs and aspirations and to forge links with local and international institutions of higher learning.
The objectives of the Faculty’s programmes and activities are to:
Provide opportunities for the development of critical thinking; Create a conducive environment that motivates staff and students to undertake basic and action-oriented research in Social Sciences; Strengthen the capacity and faculties for the training of professional, technical, commercial and business personnel to meet national requirements for high-level personnel in basic and applied Social Sciences; and Facilitate the forging of links with relevant institutions within and outside Ghana to enhance the Vision and Mission of the Faculty and the University.