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Social Science

Social science is a career field focused on the study of society and human nature by examining the groups and social institutions that people form. The field of social science field consists of people who work as practitioners or professors in their field of interest including anthropology, archeology, criminology, economics, linguistics, history, political science, sociology, human geography, and psychology.

Learn About the Field

Career exploration is all about research. Use the the following information to learn if a career in social science is for you.

Latest News in the Field

Keep informed about what’s happening in this field by reading what the professionals read. Visit the following sites regularly!

Social Science Space
Idealist Blog
Chicago Tribune Social Sciences
IU News Room Social Sciences

Meet People

Now that you've done a little research about the social science field, it's time to start meeting with industry professionals. It's an easy way to learn more about what your future career path might look like. It's also a great way to network with people who may know about internship or full-time job opportunities.

Networking Resources

IUB Alumni LinkedIn – You can connect with over 186,000 IUB alumni from various programs after you create a LinkedIn profile. Search for alumni based on location, company, industry, and what they studied. To learn more about how to set-up your profile and use this tool, visit these resources.

IU Alumni Directory—Request an account and use it to search for IU Alumni who have graduated from our social science programs. You can see where they’re working now and email them directly from the site. Contact a dozen people to start with and see where you end up. You may need to contact more in order to get some helpful responses.

Informational Interviewing Guide—Once you know who you’re interested in talking with, use this guide to request and conduct an informational interview.

Social Media Networking

Use social media to network with professionals and their organizations. LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to connect. Here are a few organizations that have a strong social presence.

Join a Professional Association

National professional associations are valuable sources for a variety of career information. You can learn about certification requirements, job leads, internships, educational opportunities, and more. Many associations offer discounted membership rates for students.

Get Experience
Build Your Skills

Having career-relevant work experience on your resume will give you a big head start when it comes time to landing your post-grad dream job. Now that you’ve researched your career options, take advantage of the opportunities below to build the skills you need to be competitive. Remember: employers also like to see plenty of leadership exerience listed.

Join Student Organizations

There are more than 700 student organizations at IU—which means there are more than 700 ways you can get some really impressive job experience. Below are some groups specific to social science. Check out BeINvolved to learn about even more student organizations through IU Student Life and Learning.

Get a Part Time Job

Use myJobs to learn about part- and full-time job opportunities. Here are career-relevant jobs that students have participated in.

Below are some actual positions that have been posted to My Jobs during the 2012-13 year.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Off-campus opportunities abound and if you have transportation, this might be the ticket for you. Below are some volunteer opportunities within about an hour’s drive of Bloomington.

Find a job or internship

You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from social science majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent social science graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.

Job Search Sites

These sites post jobs that relate directly to social science. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."

Keywords for Job Searches

As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.

  • Social science
  • Education
  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Policy
  • History
  • Sociology
Organization & Company Research Resources

When you’re preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization’s history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company’s about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you’re hired.

Common Interview Questions

Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.

  • In your opinion, what are the positive and negative effects of globalization? And why?
  • Why is strategic planning important to the future of our organization?
  • How would a previous client/research partner/professor describe you?
  • What research have you completed and what has it taught you that would help you with this position?
  • What is the role of society in the context of this position?
Insider Tips
  • Demonstrate your growth by focusing on the experience you developed in one or two activities or organizations.
  • Don’t hide your liberal arts interests—but talk about your involvement in business terms.
  • The federal resume is not the same as a private industry resume. It is longer, more detailed, and must include keywords from the federal job announcement. Your resume must also demonstrate your specialized experiences, and should be no longer than five pages.
  • Identify your unique qualifications. Take the time to research the organization, identify how your skills match the job requirements and what sets you apart from the other candidates, and highlight those things on your resume.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to meet employers and learn about different industries, jobs, and companies. Attend campus career events and talk to business guests. Show you are a professional in attitude, appearance, and behavior. Meeting you will help an employer to decide if you could be a fit for his or her organization.