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Social Science, B.S.

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Social Science Degree

Gain a broad foundation in human behavior while pursuing disciplines in psychology, sociology, criminal justice, political science, or history.

Why Study Social Science?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Develop critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills that are necessary for graduate study or workforce entry.
  • Engage with faculty and mentors and present undergraduate research at national conferences.
  • Gain practical experience during various internship opportunities.
  • Pursue law school or graduate programs in sociology, criminal justice, psychology, counseling, law or social work.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 100% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 175 scholarships are awarded yearly.

What can I do with a social science degree?

A social sciences degree can be a stepping-stone to a career in any field that encompasses the human condition such as social organizations; racial and ethnic relations; education; family; urban, rural, political and comparative sociology; sex and gender roles and relations; criminology; and sociological practice.

Career Options

  • City Manager
  • Community Organizer
  • Customs Inspector
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Law Enforcement
  • Political Scientist
  • Social Studies Teacher


  • U.S. Congress
  • PA State Legislature
  • Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
  • Wyoming County
  • City of Scranton
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

Rosemont College Articulation Agreement

Graduates who earn a degree in Psychology or Social Science with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 will be assured admission into the Master of Arts Program in Counseling at Rosemont College.


Jeff Brauer
Program Director

Program Goals

  • Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the social sciences.
  • Examine research methods in the social sciences, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to the social sciences.
  • Apply social science concepts to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Interpret evidence, accept ambiguity, and reflect other values that are the underpinning of the social sciences as disciplines.
  • Demonstrate information competency through speaking and presenting and the ability to use computers and other technologies.
  • Examine the complexity of social, cultural, and international diversity.

Successful Giant: Abreham Kittel '18

KittellAbreham Kittel ’18, a Social Science major, began his career as an intern with the late former State Rep. Sid Kavulich and later worked with Rep. Kyle Mullins. He is currently a research analyst with the Pennsylvania State Senate Policy Office. Abreham is the Keystone College 2021 Young Alumni Award Recipient.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Keystone students employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation


Median annual salary for social science careers


Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.


Engage with faculty and mentors and present undergraduate research at national conferences.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships.

Scranton Police


Students in the CJ/Psychology Club participate in individual projects, observe group demonstrations, and attend the many conferences and other excursions.

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Featured Faculty

Jeffrey M. Brauer

Jeffrey M. Brauer

Professor of Political Science and Faculty Coordinator of First Year Seminar

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