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A Career Guide for the Social Science Major


The Social Science major offers a program of study for the student who wishes to concentrate generally in the Social Sciences without a specific departmental major. The breadth of knowledge and intellectual training provided is good preparation for graduate study or training in the fields of the social sciences, social work, law, ministry, teaching, government and public service, or private industry.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Social/community services
  • Working with people
  • Justice and political systems
  • Government agency projects
  • Solving problems
  • Cultural diversity
  • Analyzing/interpreting data
  • Leadership roles/committee work
  • Youth rehabilitation/training
  • Interrelationship of studies in economics, sociology, history, etc.
Aptitudes
  • Objectivity/sensitivity
  • Ability to work independently/groups
  • Computer literacy
  • Strong oral/writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility
  • Planning/organizational skills
  • Analytical/critical thinking
  • Self-motivated

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


In addition to University general education requirements and the University foreign language graduation requirements, the Social Science major must complete the following:

* A minimum of 39 credits in the social sciences from at least three different disciplines. Two of these disciplines must be from the following departments: Anthropology, History, Political Science, or Sociology. Courses from the Departments of Economics, Geography and Geology (only courses in Geography can be approved), and Psychology may also be accepted with permission of an advisor.

* Of these credits, a minimum of 6 credits must be in research methodology courses.

* No more than 15 credits may be taken in a single discipline to count towards major requirements.

* At least 24 credits must be taken in upper-division courses.

* All courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Social Science graduates:

Affirmative Action Officer
Child Care worker
Banker
Youth Coordinator
Occupational Counselor
Lawyer
Consumer Relations Advocate
Human Resources Officer
Retailer
Writer/Reporter
Environmental Agent
Corrections Officer
Juvenile Court Worker
Investigator
Teacher
Foreign Service Officer
Legislative Aide
Peace Corps/Americorps
Admissions Counselor
Data Analyst
Market Researcher
Salesperson
Chamber of Commerce Director
Minister/Clergy
Government Worker

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Davie Campus - Liberal Arts Building, Room 421 (LA 421)
954-236-1101


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Social Science.
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