Social Science

Your Future in Social Science

Interested in several different subjects in the social sciences? Still trying to narrow your options and decide which career path is right for you?

A Bachelor of Arts 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.

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

What we offer

You could be on the fast track to success with the insights you gain while studying in our Social Science program. You'll have a greater understanding of societal needs, diverse cultures and individual responsibility. Your viewpoints could prove vital to how a company or organization operates.

The Social Science program gives you the flexibility to explore:

  • Anthropology
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Social work
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy

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 the College of Education. You'll be certified to teach economics, geography, government, history, psychology and sociology. Visit our website for more details.

Study abroad opportunities offer unique learning experiences that can be applied toward the degree. The Study Abroad Office oversees hundreds of programs in dozens of countries around the world. For more information on study abroad, visit the Study Abroad office.

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:

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

Student organizations focusing on the social sciences help students network and learn more about particular fields of study. Among them are the Psi Chi international psychology honor society, the Geography Club and the Anthropology Student Association.

We can help fund your education with financial assistance and scholarships. The College of Arts and Sciences offers various scholarships based on academic performance.

What to expect

The Social Science major requires completing at least 18 credit hours in a primary study area and an additional 30 credit hours in two or more complementary subject areas. Out of these 48 credit hours in the major, at least 24 credit hours must be advanced level courses.

The Social Studies with Secondary Certification requires completing 63 credit hours in the teaching fields and 21 credit hours of secondary education courses. Many of the Social Studies courses are completed as part of the university's core curriculum.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic counselors and advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.

The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic counselors and advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.


High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.