Because social science is defined as a study that allows students to analyze and understand the social synergy and aspects of human behavior in society, this study makes it very flexible when it comes to an area of specialization. Social science studies try to reveal the different behaviors of people in groups and how it affects that certain groups’ history, society, ethics and their environment.
There are also different degrees in Social science and they are:
- Associate Degree Programs - This degree equips students with the basic general education modules alongside with the foundations and principles of social sciences.
- Degree Programs - A degree in Social Science is sometimes required by companies that seek prospective employees for the different areas of their operations. Some of these areas are: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Political science, Psychology, and Sociology.
- Master’s Degree - Most master’s degree programs in any of the areas listed above require a thesis, an in-depth research of a specific topic.
- Doctoral Degree - Completion of a doctoral degree in social studies require years of study to prove and revalidate the results of your study.
Unlike other degrees, there are universities offering social science degrees online. This is ideal for those working professionals who want to advance their careers or shift to social science studies without sacrificing full day hours.
Social scientists are experts in studying the different aspects of social interaction and relationships. They conduct studies and research projects to test theories and publish them in journals for these to be accepted in the social science society and networks.
Campuses have social science groups where you can learn more about the goals of social science, join social programs, be active in social learning, or learn more about nature sociology.
Remember that in any of these degrees or study, research is a key role where a variety of methods are administered to solicit information and create theories. The data gathered from these researches enables people to decide on matters as effectively and efficiently as possible. In doing research, social scientists may use pen and paper questionnaires, graphs and other diagrams to illustrate comparison of data gathered, or interview people to solicit opinions and categorize data based on demographics. Some even conduct experiments with human or animal subjects in a controlled setting, or actually live and work with the subjects of their study.
Because there are many disciplines in social science, some of the works and research being conducted overlap with another discipline in social science. When you successfully complete your degree, you can work for research, or as counselors in local, federal or state agencies. You can also get work from engineering and architectural firms, scientific development and research services, or scientific and management consulting services. There are also researches with global scope, and those with an advanced degree can join these types of international research projects.
Before considering which degree or discipline to take, it is important that you innately have the passion to work with people as social science is really about human interaction.