Minor in Social Science

Any undergraduate student with a GPA of 1.5 (C-) or above may enroll in the Social Science Minor Program. They must declare their intention to enroll in the minor program no earlier than the second regular term of their second year of study but no later than the last day of the add/drop period in the first regular term of their final year of study. Students who wish to withdraw from the minor program should apply before the last day of the add/drop period in the second regular term of their final year of study.

The Social Science courses are grouped into three areas, namely

  • Economic and Political Development
  • Social Relations
  • Science, Technology and Society

Students are free to specialize in a single area or take courses across different areas according to their interest.

The Social Science Minor Program requires a minimum total of 18 credits taken from Social Science (SOSC) courses as specified in the Social Science Course List, of which

  1. at least 9 credits must be at the 2000-/3000-/4000-level (for courses taken in 2011-12 and after), or 200-/300- level (for courses taken prior to 2011-12);
  2. No more than 9 credits of Common Core/Designated GE courses offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science taken to fulfill the General Education Requirements may count toward the Social Science Minor Program;
  3. courses used to fulfill the requirements of other minor programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science cannot be used to count toward the Social Science Minor Program.

For credit transfer, students can transfer a maximum of 6 credits to the minor program. Courses accepted for credit transfer must normally be at a level equivalent to 1000-level or above taken in 2011-12 and after, or at 100-level or above taken prior to 2011-12 at HKUST.

To graduate with a minor in Social Science, the students must have enrolled in the minor program and completed all of its requirement, as well as the requirements of their major program of study; and have attained an average grade point of at least 1.5 (C-) in courses taken in minor program.