Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Explore societal issues from an interdisciplinary lens and develop critical thinking and communication skills to educate and change the world.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Science (without Teacher's Certification) is an interdisciplinary major in which a student can choose courses from 9 social science departments across the university: Anthropology, Economics, Geography (Human Geography Only), History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work. Students choose a primary field of interest that will guide their coursework in conjunction with two or more secondary fields. Since this major is flexible, students can gear courses toward the direction of their potential career. Our Social Science majors go into a wide variety of careers, including jobs in education, government, non-profits, human resources, helping professions, and museum employees, just to name a few!

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Why Earn a Social Science Degree?

A Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the University of North Texas offers an interdisciplinary approach to 21st-century education. This approach allows you to tailor a degree program to your specific needs and career goals.

Many of our faculty members in the social sciences are considered experts in their fields and have written hundreds of books and articles. They’ve also earned recognition from the:

  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Southern Economic Association
  • American Political Science Association

After earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in social science, you will have a greater understanding of societal needs, diverse cultures and individual responsibility. You will possess a greater understanding of cultural diversity and global issues, as well as the communication and digital skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Presentation ability
  • Problem-solving/adaptability
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Career engagement

Social Science Degree Highlights

You may also participate in an internship and earn academic credit while gaining valuable work experience. The Social Science major has an internship course designed specifically for students in this major.
A secondary teaching certificate in social studies is also available through a separate certification plan in collaboration with the College of Education. Social Studies with Secondary Certification certifies you to teach economics, geography, government, history, psychology, and sociology for grades 7-12.
You may also participate in an internship and earn academic credit while gaining valuable work experience. The Social Science major has an internship course designed specifically for students in this major.
We can help fund your education with financial assistance and scholarships. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers various scholarships based on academic performance.
We give you the flexibility to explore anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.

What Can You Do With a Social Science Degree?

This degree can open the door to a variety of career possibilities including those in:

  • Education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Governmental agencies
  • Office administration
  • Management
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Mass communication
  • Social work

Social Science Degree Courses You Could Take

Community Engagement through Action Research (3 hrs)
Focuses on various approaches to action research by engaging the community as experts and active collaborators and by thinking about and doing anthropology differently. Action oriented learning and research to create social change attempting to democratize the process of research and the relationships between the university and community.
Psychobiology of Stress: The Mind-Body Connection (3 hrs)
The biology of the stress response is detailed. The effects of this response on a number of topics including but not limited to aging, memory and depression are discussed. The effects of the stress response on immunity and illness are highlighted.
Law and Economics (3 hrs)
Introduction to the mutual interaction between legal systems and economic activity. Topics include an introduction to legal systems and institutions, legal analysis, application of economic concepts to various legal doctrines, contracts, torts, criminal law, constitutional law, regulation and antitrust. Emphasis is placed on using economic theory to develop and test hypotheses regarding the effects of laws on incentives and economic behavior, the allocation of resources, and the distribution of income.
Geo-literacy: Thinking in Space (3 hrs)
Examines core geographic concepts and their applications across disciplines as part of a multidisciplinary approach to solving big-picture problems. Cannot apply to the Geography major.
Comparative Public Policy (3 hrs)
Public policy and policy making in Westernized democratic nations. Analysis and evaluation of public policies. Introduction to cross-national policy study techniques.
Contemporary Social Problems (3 hrs)
Exploration of past and current social problems related to social inequality, problems of deviance and conformity, and social institutions through the lens of sociological theoretical perspectives. Emphasis may vary, but the focus is on social problems related to wealth and power, the environment, poverty, crime and justice, the economy, work, family, and/or health care.

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