What can I do with a major in social science?

August 02, 2017 by Guest Contributor

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Science program unites the diverse areas of social, political, cultural, economic, organizational and technological processes. This integrated approach helps you develop critical reasoning and analytic skills,  comparative perspectives and world views. You can customize your degree by selecting three areas of concentration from various disciplines including criminal justice, history, organizational leadership, political science, psychology, and sociology

Possible Fields

  • Creative Arts
  • Media and Communications
  • Community
  • Law  
  • Criminal Justice
  • Politics  
  • Education
  • Public Relations
  • Government
  • Social Services
  • Journalism
  • Urban Planning

Possible Occupations*

  • Activities Director
  • Management Trainee
  • Counseling
  • Research Analyst 
  • Industrial & Product Design
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Work
  • Federal Service Worker
  • Retirement Planning
  • Legislative Aide
  • Public Relations
  • Assistant Planner
  • Media Relations
  • Researcher
  • Area Planning & Coordination
  • Urban Planner
  • Consultant-Business or Government
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Auditor
  • Lobbyist
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Political Aide
  • Market Researcher
  • Program Evaluator
  • Archivist  Budget Specialist
  • Customs Agent or Inspector
  • Journalist
  • Pollster
  • Policy Researcher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Economic Developer
  • Community Organizer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Corrections Officer
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Child Welfare
  • Research and Educational Assistant
  • Case Worker
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Demographer

*The above lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for a Social Sciences major. Some positions listed require additional training, education (master’s degree), and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Skills Needed for Social Science Majors

  • Analytical Ability   
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Data Collection 
  • Analysis and Interpretation 
  • Team Work   
  • Quantitative & Qualitative Research
  • Numeracy & Statistics   
  • Problem Solving   
  • Verbal & Written Communication
  • Research   
  • Project Management

Professional Associations for Social Science Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

National Council for the Social Studies

Consortium of Social Science Organizations

The Social Science Research Council

American Sociological Association

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Social Sciences Resources

How Spatial Thinking Increases the Marketability of a Social Science Major

The Riley Guide to Jobs in the Social Sciences

Brandman University Programs

Brandman University Programs: Bachelor’s Degree, Social Sciences

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