From anthropology and archaeology to economics and geography, to politics, sociology, and criminology, the social sciences cover a spectrum of fields concerned with human societies and the relationships of the individuals within them.

There are fields of study concerned with societies of the past and present and with our interactions and relationships with one another in families, groups, and cultures. There are programs that focus on the human factors and behaviors that lead to crime, the global economy and how it works, and the relationship between people and the land and the spaces in which we live and work. Other programs examine the theory and practice of government and politics, international relations, the development of cities, and the social structure and characteristics of rural areas. Without question, the social sciences is as popular a discipline as it is diverse.

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With so many categories within social sciences programs, it can be a bit daunting when trying to decide which best fits your interests or career aspirations. To help you decipher the diversity, we're breaking down 10 popular options below:

  • Social Science

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $59k

    Social Science
  • Anthropology

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $51k

    Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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    N/A

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $61k

    Archaeology
  • Criminology

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $51k

    Criminology
  • Economics

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $102k

    Economics
  • Geography

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    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $66k

    Geography
  • International Relations

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $71k

    International Relations
  • Political Science

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $73k

    Political Science
  • Sociology

    Satisfaction:

    High

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $57k

    Sociology
  • Urban Studies

    Satisfaction:

    N/A

    Avg Grad Salary:

    $61k

    Urban Studies