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Social Sciences, General - Overview


Programs in social sciences, general, teach people about human behavior. Students learn about global issues, history, and urban affairs. They also learn how to do social research.

"I'd like a little of everything, please." That's the best way to describe social sciences programs. These programs are best for students who want basic knowledge about each of the traditional social sciences. This means that you learn about U.S. and world history, economic topics such as supply and demand, basic psychological issues, and group communication.

Programs in social sciences, general, allow you to take courses from several social science disciplines. These include history, sociology, political science, geography, and economics. You also learn to perform social research using statistics. Overall, your courses teach you how to analyze information and write persuasive papers.

Some programs encourage you to study different regions and cultures. In addition, many social science programs encourage independent study. This means that you can decide which courses to take, depending on your interests. For example, if you're interested in population control, you could take courses in demography and global economics.

Many four-year colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees and certificates in social sciences. Typically you finish your bachelor's degree in four years. Most schools do not offer graduate degrees in general social science. Instead, graduate degrees are offered in specific disciplines, such as history, sociology, economics, psychology, and political science.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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