Division of Social Sciences & History

Bachelor of Science in Social Science

Social Science majors study a variety of topics such as:

  • Social institutions – their structures and how they affect human behavior and how they are affected by human behavior. Examples of social institutions include the family, economy, government, education, and religion.
  • A wide range of social issues such as: poverty, access to education / healthcare / housing, and sustainable development. Social issues are also examined across race, class, and gender.
  • Theoretical perspectives that help interpret, explain, and understand:
    • a wide range of social issues
    • political matters
    • environmental concerns
    • community development processes
  • Global perspectives on political, economic, environmental, and sociological issues.
  • Spatial/Social relationships – how do space, place, and social interactions converge and what happens when they do.

Careers for Social Science Majors

Social Science majors graduate with a host of skills: writing, research, critical and analytical thinking, oral communication, the ability to understand culture and how it is affected by a variety of factors including race, class, gender, politics, and the economy. Using these skills students can pursue careers in a variety of fields.

  • Human Resources
  • Compliance officers
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Advocacy work
  • Legislators
  • Meeting/Event Planners
  • Urban/Regional Planners
  • Public Relations
  • Campaign Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Federal or Local Government

An undergraduate degree in Social Sciences also prepares students for graduate school. Some pertinent careers that require a graduate degree are:

  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Counselor
  • Lawyer
  • Instructor at a College/University


Leslie Stewart
Global Studies Concentration Coordinator
Associate Professor of Political Science

Chunhui Ren
Sociology Concentration Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Community Development

David Baylis
Geography Concentration Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development