Social science has many branches, each of which is considered a "social science". The main social sciences include economics, political science, human geography, demography and sociology.
A degree in social sciences combines the investigation of human, social, cultural, economic and political behaviour with scientific methods. Students explore the complex relationships between humans, society and the environment. They are introduced to a combination of theoretical, data-based and hands-on research to understand and develop solutions to the complex problems that shape the world around us.
Social Sciences graduates earn on average $32k, putting them in the 15th percentile of earners with a degree.
Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Social Sciences Underemployment
Social Sciences graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.