COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Social Sciences

Social Sciences is home to Geography, Geographic Information Science, Political Science, and Sociology. Our disciplines study a wide range of individual, institutional, and social behavior, and provide a means of gaining intellectual approaches that will be rewarding for a lifetime as well as a degree that will lead to many exciting career options.

Geographic Information Science (BS)

The Geographic Information Science curriculum is designed for students interested in understanding, analyzing, and applying the spatial relationship among human and physical features (for example, the social and economic impact of natural disasters). Students of GIS learn how to use computer software programs that identify the interactions that transpire between humans and the physical environment based on location. They also learn how to analyze those interactions, and to use that information to assist with public and private sector management, administration, and planning. There is a large and growing need for graduates with GIS training.

(NOTE: Geographic Information Science is an interdisciplinary major offered through the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Agricultural Sciences & Forestry, with respective concentrations in Social Sciences or Natural Resources. Students wishing to pursue the Natural Resources concentration should consult the School of Forestry section of the University Catalog.)

Job Opportunities:

  • Cartographer
  • Database and system administrator
  • GIS coordinator
  • Image analyst
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Programmer

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Political Science (BA)

Political Science studies the practice of politics and the description and analysis of political institutions and political behavior. A degree in political science is typical for individuals pursuing a career as a lawyer. At higher levels, positions may require graduate training in particular political science subfields, such as public administration, public policy, or international relations. Employment by interest groups and organizations who lobby or interact with government is another area of opportunity. The concentration in Pre-Law designed to help students to enter law school with major in political science and a minor in either English or journalism.

Job Opportunities:

  • Attorney
  • College leadership and activities officer
  • Intelligence manager
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Political analyst
  • Political scientist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social media manager
  • Teacher

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Sociology (BA)

Sociology studies human social behavior — how human behavior is shaped by interaction among people. Sociologists investigate how individuals are shaped by their social groups, from families to nations, and how groups are created and maintained by the individuals who compose them. A Sociology degree will prepare a student for graduate professional training in sociology or related disciplines. Many students pursue advanced degrees in applied areas of study such as criminal justice, counseling, gerontology, law, the military, public administration, social work, and teaching.

Job Opportunities:

  • Adult/juvenile probation and parole
  • Child protection services
  • Drug rehabilitation facilities
  • Mental health facilities
  • Social services
  • Social Security Administration
  • Law enforcement
  • Marketing
  • Medical/health fields
  • Public relations

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