Social sciences are a worthy option for study in college. Social sciences include several subjects, all of which focus on understanding the relations of people and society. Students who study social science subjects in college can prepare for careers in teaching, public service or law, although additional education beyond the bachelor's level can be required.


Psychology is the study of the human brain and its behaviors. Psychology studies normal brain development, as well as personality and socialization, using case studies and major theories from recognized experts. Classes include the study of abnormal psychology, including mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A bachelor's degree in psychology can prepare you for a job working in human services. A graduate degree and further certifications can prepare you for work as a school or private counselor.

Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology is the study of how humans interact in societies. Anthropology is closely related and studies societies in other periods of time and in other parts of the world. Classes in sociology include sociological theories, research methods, deviance and the sociology of gender and families. A bachelor's degree in sociology or anthropology can prepare you for careers in human services. Sociology also provides a strong background for graduate studies in law, library science and more advanced studies of sociology.

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Geography and History

Studying geography at the college level is about more than just the physical characteristics of the land. Geography also involves the study of populations, cartographic or mapping methods and cultural geography. History is the study of past events, many of which have a significant impact on current events. Basic courses in history are also required in core classes for most majors. A degree in geography or history can prepare you for teaching, especially at the elementary and secondary levels, where this subject is often called social studies.


Government and political science are also included under the umbrella of social sciences. Government classes include study of all major forms of government, including that of the United States. Government studies also focus on international relations, voting behavior and research methods. A degree in government or political science can prepare you for teaching, public office, law school or work in government.


The discipline of economics also falls within the category of social sciences. Economics is the study of financial systems in societies, including analysis and major theories. According to, some of the most common jobs for economics majors include financial analyst, financial advisor, economist and staff accountant.

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Holly Case has written professionally since 2000. She is a former contributing editor for "ePregnancy" magazine and a current editor for a natural food magazine. She has extensive experience writing about nutrition, pregnancy, infertility, alternative medicine, children's health and women's health issues. Case holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and professional writing from Saginaw Valley State University.