Wayne State College

About the Social Sciences Degree

Social sciences covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, including geography, history, and political science. Having a background in these fields is often vital in solving many of the world’s biggest issues. In a general sense, social sciences focuses on the scientific study of society and the relationships among people within it, including human behavior and its influence on society as a whole. Social sciences is an interdisciplinary program, which means you’ll study a variety of subjects.

Within the Social Sciences degree at Wayne State, you can specialize in one of three concentrations: Geography, History, or Political Science. Or, you can also choose Social Sciences as a standalone major, where you'll also get to study economics, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice in addition to history, political science, and geography. If you want to teach social studies, consider our Social Sciences education degree program, With a Social Sciences degree from Wayne State, you'll develop the skills needed for careers in government, politics, law, social services, foreign services, urban planning, and more.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in Social Sciences

Hours required:
For major: 55
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Criminal Justice, Economics, Human Services, International Studies, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Public & Global Health, Sociology, Spanish

School: Education and Behavioral Sciences

Department: History, Politics, and Geography

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid as you pursue a Social Sciences degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the Social Sciences degree program.

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Subjects Studied

  • Criminal justice
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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Possible Careers

  • Law enforcement
  • Financial analyst
  • Geographer
  • Historian
  • Policy analyst / advocate
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker

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  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Behavioral health clinics
  • Social service agencies
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public service offices

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Social Sciences degree program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the Social Sciences degree program by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

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Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

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  • Research projects – Conduct your own research projects and present your work at area symposiums and psychology conferences.
  • Contribute to a cause – Help promote historical awareness, civic engagement, diversity, and opportunity through multicultural and international programs, and events like Constitution Day, and Voter Registration Drive.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, be part of a support system for new students, and make new friends - all while gaining
    valuable experience that will better prepare you for the future.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating. Before graduating with your degree in Social Sciences, you’ll have a chance to work with local criminal justice, government, and social service agencies to gain field experience and earn credit toward your degree. Career Services is also available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

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