Social Science Bachelor's Degree

Gain insight on pressing social issues by studying how groups, cultures, organizations, and institutions function by pursuing a bachelor's degree in social science.

In UMUC's award-winning bachelor's degree program in social science, you'll gain a breadth of knowledge through interdisciplinary study that encompasses perspectives from the fields of anthropology, behavioral sciences, gerontology, psychology, and sociology. You'll also have the opportunity to drill down and focus closely on one of these fields.

With your degree, you can pursue a variety of careers, such as program/policy analyst, research assistant, or program developer and manager, in fields that serve the public, including business administration, elder care, government, health services, law enforcement, human resources, and community service.

Your Coursework in Social Science

Your social science coursework will help you learn to address social issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, communicate with a diverse audience, develop strong critical thinking skills, articulate the range of research methods used in the social sciences, and recognize good evidence. In addition, you'll learn to identify the implications of social science on various issues to develop policies and programs that enhance human welfare.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Integrate theoretical perspectives and research findings in the social sciences by using quantitative and qualitative data and applying social science research methods
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Explain how micro- and macro-level factors are linked in the social lives of individuals, communities, and societies
  • Analyze complex social problems and work toward realistic solutions using awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity, social factors, and global multicultural perspectives
  • Recognize the ethical principles and standards for professional conduct that guide the work of social scientists
  • Apply critical and creative thinking, information literacy, technology, and interdisciplinary perspectives to solve practical problems in the social sciences

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Prepare a professional research poster that could be presented at a professional conference
  • Learn about the methodologies commonly employed across different social science disciplines
  • Develop a personal plan in which goals are established for putting diversity skills into action

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in social science requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major (30 Credits)

Upper-level ANTH, BEHS, GERO, PSYC, and SOCY courses (12 credits)—Focused study in anthropology, gerontology, psychology, or sociology recommended, as follows:

Anthropology

Gerontology

  • Health and Aging (GERO 302)
  • Gender and Aging (GERO 311)
  • Culture and Aging (GERO 427)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (GERO 320)

Psychology

Sociology

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course

Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Courses

Career Services

Whether you are a current student, alumnus, prospective student or employer, Career Services offers you easy access to career-related support and resources.

Current students and alumni can take advantage of many valuable services, including

  • Career mapping
  • Resume and cover-letter tips
  • Job fair preparation
  • Resources to find job opportunities
  • Strategies for the federal job search
  • Interview preparation

Prospective students are eligible for general Career Planning and Career Change advising as it relates to potential UMUC studies only.