Social Science

(formerly known as Social Theory, Social Structure and Change)

As a student of social science, you will explore the interaction and history of social, political and economic structures, and how they affect human beings in complex society.

You explore theories, methods and problems addressed by anthropologists, political scientists and sociologists in their examination of critical concerns for modern society, both to understand them in a historical context and to consider policies to address those issues. You also will develop valuable research, analytical and communications skills as, together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Why choose a degree in social science?

Graduates with a degree in this area are preparing for opportunities in:

  • social-services delivery
  • social-services management
  • social ministry
  • law
  • policymaking
  • teaching
  • government service
  • graduate school.

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in social science:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science.

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.

Popular Concentrations

  • African American studies
  • sociology
  • social theory
  • public policy
  • political science
  • women's studies.

You can focus on a single area such as biopsychosocial development, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives exploring a theme or topic.