Social Science

Career Guide

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.

Designing your major

Your major may be indirectly or directly related to your career choice, and it’s only one of many pieces to finding a good career fit. There are many majors that are related to social science, including:

Learn about careers in the field

  • Professor
  • Social Scientist
  • Psychologist
  • Teacher—Social Studies, Government, Psychology, Civics
  • Statistician
  • Corrections Officer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Anthropologist
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Historian
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Industrial Sociologist
  • Case Worker
  • Ministry/Religion
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
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Interested in graduate school?

In this field, some common graduate school programs may include Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Master of Social Work, Master of Divinity, Therapist (art, recreation, music, etc...), Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and many more!

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