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Social Science

Do you like history? Psychology? Sociology? Are you even thinking about dabbling in anthropology?

The Social Science program is designed to offer students a broad foundation in the social sciences while allowing them to concentrate in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, criminal justice, political science, or history. The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and contemporary developments that have shaped and continue to shape local, national, and global concerns. This program offers students a strong liberal arts education and helps to develop critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills that are necessary for graduate study or workforce entry.

Students Serve During Elections

A group of civic-minded Keystone students got an inside look at the electoral process when they served as poll workers during presidential election process. Keystone students were recruited to assist at the polls through a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. To date, more than 100 Keystone students have participated in what they have described as a very rewarding experience.

Your Future in Social Sciences

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most individuals with a degree in Social Science work in specialty fields such as social organization; racial and ethnic relations; education; family; urban, rural, political and comparative sociology; sex roles and relations; criminology; and sociological practice. A social sciences degree can be a stepping-stone to a career in any field that encompasses the human condition.

Potential occupations for students who graduate with a degree in the Social Science field include:

  • City Manager
  • Community Organizer
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Customs Inspector
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Law Enforcement
  • Management Analyst
  • Political Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Social Scientist
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Urban Planner

A degree in social science also prepares students for graduate work in fields that are involved with social and cultural relationships.

  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Human Services

Salary Potential

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for social scientists is projected to grow steadily with the national average for similar positions. Starting salaries are typically higher than those for professionals with comparable degrees.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Social Science B.S. Degree

Semester 1                        

  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • Foundation Sequence #1- HIST Req.
  • Tech Elective
  • Quantitative: (College Algebra or a higher level math)
  • Critical Reading
  • Free Elective

Semester 2                        

  • Foundation Sequence #1 – HIST Req.
  • College Writing II
  • Scientific Lit. Elective
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Gen Ed Elective

Semester 3                        

  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #2
  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #23
  • Speech Communication
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Free Elective

Semester 4                        

  • Statistics for the Social Science or Statistics
  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #2
  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #3
  • Free Elective 3000+
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 5                        

  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #4
  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #5
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
  • Free Elective 3000+
  • Moral Reasoning

Semester 6                        

  • SOSC 4710 or 3000+ Curricular Elective
  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #4
  • SOSC Foundation Sequence #5
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
  • Free Elective 3000+
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 7                        

  • Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • SOSC Foundation Elective
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
  • Gen Ed Elective

Semester 8                        

  • Research Analysis or Statistics and Research
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
  • Free Elective
  • Foundation Elective
  • Exit Interview

Updated: October 2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.