Social science can be defined as the study of society and human behaviors and its influence on the world around us. Social science is all about learning global issues, history and country affairs. Under the programs in social science students can also learn different religions and culture, sociology, political science etc.
Brief about courses under social sciences
Careers after social science degree
- Anthropology is the study of human culture and their physical environment. A degree in this field can fetch a job in marketing companies, non profit group and you can even become a crime investigator.
- Archeology is the study of people and how they lived in the past with the help of analyzing fossils and mummies. An archeologist works as a researcher in government organization related to protecting buildings or can even work under water to study shipwrecks. Anthropologists and archaeologists can easily expect to earn an average salary of $55,000
- Criminology is the study of crime and the minds that work to commit it. A career can be made in the investigation agencies for government organizations or work privately.
- Demography and Population Studies study of mortality rate with the help of various statistics.
- Economics the analysis of production, conservation and distribution of goods and services. Students can fetch jobs in banks, businesses, investment firms and insurance companies. With a PHD degree, students even can be Economists where they can get an average salary of $90,000.
- Geography & Cartography program to teach about maps and interpret information from maps and pictures. The jobs can be of a cartographer, historian, statistician, etc.
- International Relations and Affairs students are taught foreign politics and policies. They are also taught diplomacy and international law.
- Political science and Government study of US government and politics and also politics all over the world. Graduate pass outs can become journalists, administrators or researchers.
- Sociology explores human behaviour and why they behave the way they do. Students learn how cultures and other factors shape human behaviour. Career options can be of market researchers, social workers, human resource etc. The average salary of a sociologist in 2010 was $72,360.
- Urban Studies/Affairs - deals in studying the history and growth of large cities. Jobs can be as city planners, real estate developers etc.
Apart from various career options as mentioned above in sub courses, a graduate holder in Social Sciences can become economists, social science professor, historians, lawyers, Political scientists, sociologists etc.
Top universities in US to peruse social science
Stanford University in Stanford, California was ranked as the top university in the world for social science.
Other university includes University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, University of California Berkeley, Cornell University.
USA states with most jobs in the field of social science
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a growth rate of 12% on jobs is anticipated in the Social Science field since 2008-2018. Job growth rate expected to rise in the years from 2008-2018. But, within the field of social sciences the employment rate greatly varies depending on the specialty taken.