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The List of All U.S. Colleges With a Social Science Major

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Are you interested in learning how people relate to one another? Or learning more about societal structures and institutions? Is your curiosity piqued by how this all affects human behavior? If so, you may just be a budding social scientist.

 

Why Study Social Science in College?

 

One of the major benefits of studying social science in college is that it creates a broad and diverse number of career paths. The understanding of people, societal structures, and how civilizations function is applicable to a large number of industries and organizations. Just a few job titles commonly held by social science majors are archeologist, city manager, lobbyist, public relations specialist, and sociologist.

 

Just as students gain a better understanding of how people relate and interact with each other when pursuing a degree in social science, they also gain a number of skills that are easily transferable across a multitude of fields and careers. For example, students who graduate possessing a social science degree have learned to write and speak clearly and effectively; think critically, analytically, and technically; and understand how to problem solve.

 

One of the most interesting facets of studying social science in college is the incorporation of different kinds of learning—a place where left-brained and right-brained people alike can excel. Out-of-the-box thinkers who can clearly communicate their ideas while also being able to back them up with numbers are often the most successful social scientists.

 

Because social science is such a broad area of study, many students will choose a specific track, focusing on a single field within the major. Some common departments found within the social sciences are anthropology, ethnic studies, gender studies, political science, psychology, and sociology. These numerous departments often lead to research and development jobs at academic institutions, in the government, and with scientific and management consulting firms. Others graduates may work exploring specific fields like population, poverty, crime, and aging.

 

If you’re interested in learning about theoretical and empirical approaches to understand why human beings acted the way they did in the past, how they are organizing their lives in the present, and what changes can be made to benefit future generations, a social science degree may be for you.

 

How Can You Increase Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

A large number of schools offer a degree in social sciences, many of which allow students to further specialize by selecting courses that focus on a particular area of interest. If you’re interested in studying social sciences in college, keep reading to learn how to increase your odds of acceptance into the school of your choice.

 

Every school—from reaches to safeties—is going to take a hard look at a student’s grades. Because of this, it’s critical for students hoping to get into top-flight institutions to maintain a strong GPA. Students should also be participating in rigorous coursework in high school; classes like AP world history and government and politics demonstrate to admissions officials a student’s interest in learning about the structures of the past and present.

 

Extracurricular activities are also an important factor for college admissions officials as they provide a sense of the person behind the test scores and GPA. Due to the wide range of paths for a social science major to take, there’s seemingly limitless potential for extracurricular activities. For example, students interested in a career in public relations would be wise to think about working for their school paper, while students thinking about a position in social work may want to volunteer to work with the elderly or people trying to overcome substance abuse.

 

Building a solid school list is another key for increasing the odds of being accepted into your first-choice school. Social science students should make sure that the school they’re considering not only offers a social science major (scroll down for a comprehensive list of all the U.S. colleges and universities that offer a social science degree), but also has classes in support of a student’s primary area of interest. Additionally, students should narrow their search to schools that meet their desires for what type of school they want to attend—private or public, large or small, close to home or far away, to name a few factors.

 

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Which Colleges Have a Social Science Major?

 

If you’re building a list of where to study social science in college, you’re in luck—we’ve taken the first step for you by compiling a list of all the colleges and universities in the U.S. with a social science major.

 

Adams State University

Adelphi University

Agnes Scott College

Albertus Magnus College

Alcorn State University

Alfred State College

American International College | AIC

American University

Amherst College

Andrews University

Appalachian State University

Arizona State University | ASU

Arkansas State University | A–State

Arkansas Tech University | ATU

Auburn University

Azusa Pacific University | APU

Babson College

Ball State University | BSU

Bard College

Barnard College

Bemidji State University | BSU

Benedictine College

Benedictine University

Biola University

Blackburn College

Bluefield State College | BSC

Boise State University | BSU

Boston College | BC

Brandman University

Brigham Young University | BYU

Buena Vista University | BVU

Cairn University

Caldwell University

California State University San Marcos | CSUSM

California State University, Chico | CSU Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills | CSUDH

California State University, Monterey Bay | CSUMB

California State University, Sacramento | Sacramento State

California State University, Stanislaus | Stanislaus State

California University of Pennsylvania | Cal U

Calvin College

Campbell University

Campbellsville University

Cardinal Stritch University

Castleton University

Catholic University of America | CUA

Cazenovia College

Central Michigan University | CMU

Chadron State College | CSC

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Chowan University

Cleveland State University | CSU

Colgate University

College of Coastal Georgia | CCGA

College of New Rochelle | CNR

College of St. Benedict | CSB

College of St. Scholastica | CSS

Colorado Christian University | CCU

Concordia College (Minnesota)

Concordia College (New York)

Coppin State University

Delta State University

Drexel University

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania | ESU

Eastern Connecticut State University | ECSU

Eastern Illinois University | EIU

Eastern Michigan University | EMU

Eastern New Mexico University | ENMU

Eastern Oregon University | EOU

Empire State College

Emporia State University

Evangel University

Fairfield University

Fayetteville State University | FSU

Ferris State University

Ferrum College

Flagler College

Florida Memorial University

Florida Southern College

Frostburg State University

Gardner–Webb University

Georgia Gwinnett College | GGC

Glenville State College | GSC

Great Basin College

Gulf Coast State College | GCSC

Hampton University

Harding University

Harvard University

Hope International University | HIU

Hunter College | CUNY Hunter

Indiana State University | ISU

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI

Indiana University East | IU East

Ithaca College

Jackson State University | JSU

Johnson & Wales University | JWU

Kentucky State University | KSU

Keuka College

Keystone College

Lake Superior State University | LSSU

Langston University | LU

LeMoyne–Owen College | LOC

Lewis–Clark State College

Lincoln University (Missouri)

Lindsey Wilson College

Louisiana College

Loyola University New Orleans

Marymount University

Mayville State University | MSU

McKendree University | McK

Mercy College

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University of Denver | MSU Denver

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University | Michigan Tech

Midland University

Millersville University of Pennsylvania | MU

Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute

Minnesota State University, Mankato | MNSU

Minot State University | MSU

Missouri Baptist University

Montana State University | MSU

Montana State University–Northern | MSU–Northern

Montclair State University | MSU

Morningside College

Morris College

Mount Marty College

Mount Vernon Nazarene University | MVNU

Nazareth College

Nebraska Wesleyan University | NWU

New Mexico Highlands University | NMHU

New York Institute of Technology | NYIT

Norfolk State University | NSU

North Carolina A&T State University | N.C. A&T

North Carolina Central University | NCCU

North Carolina State University | NC State

Northcentral University

Northern Arizona University | NAU

Northern Illinois University | NIU

Northwest Florida State College | NWFSC

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University | NWOSU

Occidental College

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Olivet Nazarene University | ONU

Pace University

Peninsula College

Pennsylvania State University | PSU

Peru State College

Plymouth State University | PSU

Portland State University | PSU

Providence College

Quincy University

Radford University

Ramapo College of New Jersey | RCNJ

Rhode Island College | RIC

Rhodes College

Rockford University

Rogers State University

Rust College

Saint Francis University | SFU

Saint Leo University

San Diego State University | SDSU

San Jose State University | SJSU

Seattle Central College

Seattle University

Seminole State College of Florida

Shawnee State University | SSU

Shenandoah University

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Siena Heights University | SHU

Simpson University

Southeast Missouri State University | SEMO

Southern New Hampshire University | SNHU

Southern University at New Orleans | SUNO

Southern Utah University | SUU

Southern Wesleyan University

Southwest Baptist University | SBU

Southwestern Christian College | SwCC

Spalding University

St. Anselm College

St. Catherine University

St. Francis College | SFC

St. Joseph’s College (New York) | SJC

St. Joseph’s University | SJU

St. Thomas Aquinas College | STAC

State University of New York at Oswego | SUNY Oswego

State University of New York at Potsdam | SUNY Potsdam

Stetson University

Suffolk University

Taylor University

Temple University

Tennessee State University | TSU

The College at Brockport, State University of New York | SUNY Brockport

The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo

Thomas College

Touro College

Trinity College

Trinity International University | TIU

Trinity University

Trinity Washington University

Troy University (Alabama)

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College (Nebraska)

University of Alaska Southeast

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | UAPB

University of California, Davis | UC Davis

University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine

University of California, San Diego | UCSD

University of Central Florida | UCF

University of Holy Cross | UOHC

University of La Verne

University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette

University of Maine at Augusta | UMA

University of Maine at Farmington | UMF

University of Maryland University College | UMUC

University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst

University of Michigan–Dearborn | UM-D

University of Michigan–Flint | UofM-Flint

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota

University of Montana Western | UMW

University of Montevallo

University of Nebraska at Kearney | UNK

University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL

University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV

University of New England | UNE

University of North Alabama | UNA

University of North Dakota | UND

University of North Texas | UNT

University of Pittsburgh | Pitt

University of San Diego | USD

University of Sioux Falls | USF

University of South Carolina | USC

University of South Florida | USF

University of Southern Maine | USM

University of Texas at Tyler | UT Tyler

University of Washington

University of West Alabama | UWA

University of West Florida | UWF

University of Wisconsin–Platteville | UW–Platteville

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point | UW–Stevens Point

University of Wisconsin–Stout | UW–Stout

University of Wyoming

Upper Iowa University | UIU

Utah State University

Valley City State University | VCSU

Warner Pacific University

Washington State University | WSU

Weber State University

Wesleyan University

West Liberty University

West Texas A&M University | WTAMU

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Westmont College

Wheaton College (Illinois)

William Carey University | WCU

Wright State University

 

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Timothy Peck
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A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in English, Tim Peck currently lives in Concord, New Hampshire, where he balances a freelance writing career with the needs of his two Australian Shepherds to play outside.