Social Science

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Major

Our social science program is interdisciplinary and encourages you to examine a wide range of human experiences through the theories and methodologies of the social sciences. These disciplines seek to understand the structure, culture and functioning of modern society, as well as changes that have occurred through social, cultural, historical, economic and political processes.

Related programs:
Sociology and Anthropology Psychology


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Program Overview

Courses that can be used towards your social science major are offered by the departments of economics (College of Arts and Sciences), environmental science and geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology and anthropology. With prior approval, select offerings in other departments and programs may also be included.

Rather than majoring in one specific social science discipline, you will be exposed to a wider range of social science fields and allows you to concentrate in two of them. The major is comprised of seven units in one discipline (the primary area of concentration, or primary discipline) and four units in a second discipline (the secondary area of concentration, or secondary discipline).

Social science majors complete a senior research project in their primary discipline. Additionally, students must complete two general education social science courses and/or elective social science courses in two different social science disciplines, both of which must be outside the primary and secondary areas of concentration.


Career Significance

Internships (within Significance)

The internship possibilities for students include all of those corresponding to the social science disciplinary programs, especially in the primary area of concentration.

Career Outlook

As an interdisciplinary major that focuses on research, internships and preparation for graduate studies, students with a degree in social science will find themselves with many potential career paths based on their area of interest, economics, environmental science, history, political science, psychology, sociology or anthropology. The nature of the program allows students to build a degree outcome related to their career interests.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.

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