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Social Science

Description of Major
Students will understand how each social science discipline structures and advances knowledge, raises and answers analytical questions, and deals with competing theories and the changing nature of the field. Students develop an area of concentration in a single discipline or an interdisciplinary social science area.

Skills
A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Jobs Obtained by UMM Social Science Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. Over 70% of the social science graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM social science graduates:

Administrator
Alumni Relations Director
Attorney
Basic Skills Coordinator
Benefits Administration Team Leader
Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
Counselor
Customer Service
Education Administration
Electrical Inspector
Executive Director
Financial Consultant
Financial Services Management
Health and PE Teacher
High School Dean of Students
Insurance Agent
Loan Analyst
Manager
Missionary
Office Manager
Physician
Product Manager
Public Relations-Fund Raising
Radio Announcer
Sales
Secondary Principal
Senior Volunteer Program Director
Social Studies Teacher
Social Worker
Substitute Teacher
Teacher/Librarian
Theologian
Writer (Technical Documents)

 
 

There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of one-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain sills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one’s general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

Social Science (Adobe Acrobat Supplement)
Graduate/Professional Schools in Social Science
Links to Social Science Jobs
FSU Match Major Sheets