Humanities & Social Sciences

Students interested in more than one topic within the humanities and social sciences can obtain a General Studies degree combining the study of the arts, the sciences and the humanities.

At UC, you can.

Earning your General Studies degree in humanities trains you to communicate clearly, think critically and make reasoned choices. This humanities focus emphasizes the need for human interaction and social skills, overall empathy, strong writing, ability to analyze, and working with diverse groups of people. 

students and professor in classroomEarning your General Studies degree in social sciences introduces you to basic concepts, theories and methods through a multidisciplinary approach that gives you a broad perspective in a variety of social science topics including history, culture, psychology and sociology. The social science focus provides you with a strong liberal arts education and skills such as writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

Program Options

Associate of Science

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Associate of Science degrees are eligible to students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within University College.

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Associate of Arts

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Associate of Arts degrees are eligible to students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within University College.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Humanities

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In the humanities, all aspects of society are open for you to discover: film, art, communication, languages, philosophy and more.

The Bachelor of General Studies within humanities provides a broad range of courses and options that you'll find intellectually rewarding. The program does not have a predetermined list of required courses allowing students to work with an advisor to select courses tailored to their own interests, especially if they're in more than one area of the humanities. 

Since you choose the courses to take, you take control of your learning. You’ll be pushed to expand your ideas and widen your views, while honing in on the specific topics important to your life and career path. You can be confident that the skills and concepts taught in the humanities will position you to take the next step in life.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Individualized Concentration

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If you want to design a degree that best aligns with your interests or needs, wish to combine coursework from two or more disciplines, are working in a profession and require completion of a bachelor's degree to achieve specific goals and are at least 21 years of age and have not been enrolled at RWU as a full-time student within prior academic year, the Bachelor of General Studies in Individualized Concentration is for you. 

With the support and guidance of faculty advisers, you will design a unique program of study, exploring multiple disciplines or various perspectives on specific areas of study not available in traditional departments. This program also provides students who have transfer courses, or other sources of prior college-level learning, an opportunity to create a unified and coherent program of study from prior educational experiences. 

This unique Bachelor of General Studies degree offers you the flexibility you need, both in scheduling, and course selection. Courses are offered online, at night or a hybrid of both; and courses are scheduled in the spring, summer and fall. Courses from across the Roger Williams University catalogue are available to choose from, and students also have the ability to create independent studies. These independent studies courses allow students to complete personal learning objectives by creating courses of studies that cannot be found in the existing catalogue.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology

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With a Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology you will gain the methods and skills that enable you to evaluate published research and think critically about your own ideas and those of others. You will be prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society and will be capable of tolerance for the views of others and  appreciate the value of diversity.

With skilled mental health professionals in increasing demand as practitioners, the Psychology program at RWU prepares you to pursue graduate study in Psychology and other fields, or to enter any number of careers where these skill sets are applicable, including human resources, management, marketing, education and the mental health professions.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Social Science

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A Bachelor of General Studies in Social Science gives you the opportunity develop a deeper understanding of topics ranging from history to culture to politics. The program allows students to consider their own interests, career goals and even their personality within their education.

Through the degree in Social Sciences you develop skills such as written and oral communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, analytical, critical thinking, organizationals and problem solving.  

Since you choose the courses to take, you take control of your learning. You’ll be pushed to expand your ideas and widen your views, while determining the specific topics important to your life and career path. You can be confident that the skills and concepts taught in social sciences will position you strongly when taking the next step in life.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Industrial Technology

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This concentration is designed for people with technical and/or managerial backgrounds who are employed in manufacturing or service industries, or who seek employment in such industries.

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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

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The Providence based degree in psychology prepares the student to think critically about their own ideas and those of others apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. Students are trained to be independent thinkers and active participants in a rapidly changing world.

Courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program enable the student to understand the relationships among psychology and other social sciences and within the context of cultural, socio-historical and communicative issues. The program will also teach you to develop skills in writing, critical thinking and quantitative and qualitative research methods, to round out your preparation for your future career or graduate studies.

Ultimately, the psychology graduate has the skills useful for a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, communication, and social work.

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Certificate in Corporate Communication

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This program is an intensive learning experience that will prepare you to be a flexible communicator and practitioner with excellent management, research, writing technical and social skills. This program is well suited for anyone looking to make a career change, move up in his/her career or just wants to better his/her communication skills. 

Through this certificate, you will examine communication practices not only in the corporate environment, but in non-profits, the community and organizational environments.

Course content focuses on how corporations and organizations communicate with their key stakeholders and introduces students to specific communication functions such as image management, crisis communication, advertising, public relations, and new media/communication technologies. 

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Career Options with a General Studies Degree:

  • Social Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Business Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Financial/Securities/Investments Analyst
  • Operations Director
  • Entrepreneur
  • Freelance Writer
  • Government Worker
  • Military Officer
  • Foreign Service
  • University Administration
  • Psychology
  • Management Consultant