Today, more than ever, companies and organizations seek to employ well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and bring a deeper understanding of the world and its complexities to all that they do. Completing your undergraduate studies by earning a social sciences degree can empower you to pursue professional opportunities across a broad range of fields—from management to law, government to education, social work to psychology, and economics to finance. The BA in Social Sciences offers a comprehensive liberal arts education with a choice of 11 concentrations. The NYU degree you earn will add tremendous value to your resume, providing the knowledge, skills, and intellectual curiosity to launch or advance your career and enrich your life.
BA in Social Sciences
Study On-site in the Heart of New York City, Enjoying Cultural Activities and Building Your Network.
- Online degree completion (for the Economics Concentration or the Organizational Behavior and Change Concentration) with live instruction or on-site study option
- Seamless credit transfer and credit for prior learning
- Degree core curriculum that provides a well-rounded liberal arts education
- Eleven concentrations to broaden your horizons
- Award-winning career development services
- Academic advising, tutoring, and mentorship
- Flexible full- or part-time study options
- Engaging SPS Online Student Experience
Who Should Earn the BA in Social Sciences?
Whether you know the professional path you would like to pursue or are not quite sure about a career direction, the BA in Social Sciences can provide you with an NYU education that is as defined or as flexible as you need to meet your goals and objectives. Gain deep insights into the trends and behaviors that are reshaping the world in which we live. Internships at a wide variety of employers provide work experience to enhance your resume.
Choose from 11 Concentrations
The BA in Social Sciences offers concentrations in Anthropology, Economics (online or on-site), History, International Studies, Media Studies, Organizational Behavior and Change (online or on-site), Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability and Urbanism. Each concentration provides a comprehensive exploration of subject matter that is deeply relevant to work and life.
Learn From Faculty Members Who are Experts and Mentors
Faculty members who teach in the BA in Social Sciences hail from a wide range of disciplines and provide the deep content expertise required to ensure an exceptional experience in the classroom. Faculty members mentor you through the entire learning process, offering invaluable insights and opening your mind to new intellectual pursuits and career possibilities.
Economics, International Studies, Organizational Behavior and Change, and Sociology
Pierre Lacour, PhD
Anthropology, Media, Politics, and Psychology
Chyng-Feng Sun, PhD
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is social science?
Social science is the branch of science devoted to the study of societies and the relationships between individuals within those societies. The social sciences help people to understand how to interact in the world and how to do things such as influence policy, increase government accountability, develop networks, or promote a social cause.
What types of social science majors or concentrations does this degree offer?
The BA in Social Science offers 11 areas of concentration including history, media studies, anthropology, sociology, international studies, sustainability, urbanism, psychology, organizational behavior and change, economics, and politics.
What types of social science degree jobs are available?
Students graduating with a social science degree have many job opportunities. A social science degree prepares students for jobs in many different industries, including those that require strong critical thinking, presentation, and problem-solving skills. Graduates take jobs with a range of employers, from large corporate firms to non-profits. A social science degree is also good for those who are seeking to attend graduate school.
What types of internships are available through this program?
There are many types of internships available for students pursuing a social science degree. Given the wide range of concentrations, students take internships in many different settings, including government, non-profits, museums, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Is this considered a liberal arts degree?
Yes. A social science degree is a type of liberal arts degree. A liberal arts degree provides a broad foundation in how to think critically, communicate effectively, and make persuasive and strong arguments based in evidence and data.