Analyze fundamental questions at the core of today’s most critical social, cultural, and political debates - and understand their historic context. This degree serves as a foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a career or a graduate or professional degree in a variety of fields - from global affairs and law to social services and the behavioral sciences.
BA in Social Sciences
A degree in social sciences prepares you well for a career and graduate or law school.
Core courses provide an in-depth exploration of the liberal arts that expands your critical thinking and analytical skills, increases your knowledge, and develops your intellect.
Students select elective credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.
Students may choose concentrations in Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Media Studies, Organizational Behavior and Change, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Earn academic credit while gaining industry experience. Work with coaches at the Wasserman Center to learn how to land an internship that will let you put what you have learned in the classroom into action.
Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study.
Students may select one of the following concentrations
Anthropology is the comparative
study of humankind. It is divided into four fields: cultural anthropology, physical or biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
You will examine the human experience from a variety of perspectives—politically, socially, ideologically, and culturally—on a global scale.
Media Studies is designed to provide you with the critical knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to understand and to examine contemporary global media.
Politics will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches and teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.
Sociology will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches in sociology and will teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.
Economics provides a rigorous analytical framework for studying how current and anticipated changes influence consumers, the private sector, and government.
International Studies will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, and research in international studies and teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.
Organizational Behavior and Change
Learn to diagnose organizational systems and change, apply the interpersonal skills to meet strategic challenges, and advance in your own individual endeavors within organizations.
Understand the general principles underlying the mind and behavior, and explain and predict individual differences in ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.
Social Sciences Courses of Interdisciplinary Interest
Valuing interdisciplinary studies, we encourage students to consider courses outside of their specific degree area. To help you explore our course catalog, here are a few courses that we think might interest you, by program.
The degree is a 128 credit program consisting of a required set of core courses (32 credits), foundation courses (20 credits), methods and theory courses (8 credits), major requirements (20 credits), concentration courses (16 credits), free electives (26-28 credits), and a graduation project (4 credits).
Foundation Courses: Social Sciences
Prior to beginning a concentration, students must complete a series of foundation courses within their major. A student's chosen concentration determines which particular combination of the following required courses and elected humanities and social sciences courses will make up the foundation curriculum of their social sciences major. Students select four of the following courses.
Foundation Courses: Humanities
Prior to beginning a concentration, students must complete a series of foundation courses within their major. A student's chosen concentration determines which particular combination of the following required courses and elected humanities and social sciences courses will make up the foundation curriculum of their social sciences major. Students select one of the following courses.
Students select 26-28 credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.
Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:
- Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the baccalaureate level
- Rationale for desire to pursue selected academic subject of study
- Personal attributes that predict readiness for advanced college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
- Self-reflection on work or life experiences that shape one’s educational and career goals
- Leadership skill or potential demonstrated through community service, volunteer positions or other activities
Associates degree or equivalent of 45 transferable college credits required
Recommended minimum 3.3 (B+) GPA
Domestic Application Deadlines
Early Decision: July 1
Final: August 1
Early Decision: November 1,
Final: January 1
International Application Deadlines
Early Decision: February 1
Final: April 15
Early Decision: August 1
Final: October 1
Two Letters of Recommendation (1 required)
Official transcripts from all colleges attended
Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)
Application Fee $0
TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is not English. Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.
For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.
NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision.
Financing Your Education
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