Division of Social Sciences & History

Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences

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

Contacts

Chunhui Ren
Sociology Concentration Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Community Development
662-846-4065

David Baylis
Geography Concentration Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development
662-846-4093

Leslie Stewart
Global Studies Concentration Coordinator
Associate Professor of Political Science
662-846-4065