Social Science

The world is big, complex, and increasingly global. You can help make sense of it—and the human and societal role within it—with a degree in social science from SUNY Empire State College.

What is Social Science?

Put simply, Social Science is the scientific study of human society—and how it interacts with and is affected by social, political, and economic structures, and how they affect human beings in complex society.

In this program, you’ll explore theories, methods, and problems addressed by anthropologists, political scientists, and sociologists in their examination of critical concerns for modern society. Why? So you can understand them in a historical context and develop policies to address them. You’ll also develop valuable research, analytical, and communications skills.

Popular Concentrations

  • Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Public Policy
  • Political Science
  • Women's Studies

Study Online, In Person, or Both

Earn your degree online, in person at one of SUNY Empire’s 30+ locations around the state, or a blend of both to make your education fit your life. With the support of your faculty mentor, you’ll design a schedule and degree plan that meets you where you are and takes you where you want to go.

Where Can Your Degree Take You

  • Policymaking
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Social Services Delivery and Management
  • Government Service
  • Social Ministry
  • Graduate School

You can focus on a single area, such as biopsychosocial development, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives based on your career goals and interests.

Degrees Available

SUNY Empire State College offers the following degrees in Social Science:

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

You can also take individual courses (without pursuing a degree) as a nondegree student.