Social Science

The Bachelor of Science in Social Science is a versatile degree that prepares you for many careers, ranging from social work, to administration, to business, to marketing and beyond. The Social Science focus provides you with a strong liberal arts education and skills such as writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

At UC, You Can

Do you already have some credits and are ready to finish your degree? Do you have military or other work experience and need a degree to move up in your field? Do you have many interests, such as psychology, visual arts, history, and culture? No matter your previous credits or experience, we'll find a path for you in the social sciences. Our faculty are committed, passionate professionals with years of experience in a wide range of settings. 

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How You'll Get There

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

You'll receive one-on-one guidance from your advisor each step of the way. You may take advantage of our prior learning assessment, applying transfer credit, trainings and assessments, military experience, work experience, and self-taught skills toward your degree. 

You NeedYou Don't Need
  • An interest in history, culture, arts, psychology, etc.
  • Official transcripts from high school, college
  • Entrance exam
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Pre-requisites
  • Admission essay
  • Application fee

Bachelor & Associate Degree Options

A Bachelor of General Studies degree 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.

     10 core courses
      8 required courses
+ 22 electives                  
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     40 courses (120 credits)

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Any student may choose to pursue an Associate degree, focusing in a specific program area. You may earn an Associate of Science degree by selecting your courses from the Social Science Bachelor's degree options and fulfilling the requirements below. 

Minimum of 60 credits, 15 of which must be taken at the university 

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Flexible Options to Suit Your Schedule

You may complete this entire program online, from anywhere, on your own schedule. Depending on the needs and interests of our students, we also offer in-person courses to bring your learning to life through face-to-face discussion. Our hybrid on-line and in-person courses give you the best of both worlds. Your advisor will help you determine which path is best for you. 

Your Career

Getting a degree in social science opens doors to a wide range of careers, with a wide range of salaries. While career outlooks depend on candidate experience and specific employer requirements, the table below reflects average salaries for the following potential positions*

ProfessionWhat You'll DoWhat You NeedAverage Salary
Advertising, Promotions and Marketing ManagersPlan programs to generate interest in products or services.Bachelor's degree$128,880
Financial Analyst Provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. Bachelor's degree$99,430
Writer or AuthorDevelop written content for various types of media. Bachelor's degree$73,090
Social WorkerHelp people solve and cope with problems in their every day lives. Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and two years experience for some$62,660

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job outlook: 2018-2028. Median salary: 2018

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Tuition Costs & Fees: A valuable education you can afford
  • Financing Your Education: Filling out the FAFSA
  • Do You Live in Central Falls, Cranston or Pawtucket? Ask about RWU's lower-cost tuition agreements for residents of these communities.
  • Military: We can help you navigate the application process for tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits, and other tuition benefits, which include waived application fee and discounted tuition rates for service members and spouses, as well as financial aid.
  • Employers & Municipalities: Many employers, including municipalities, will reimburse tuition costs. Ask your HR team for details about your benefits.

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Questions? Meet Jana

Everyone has questions. Our Pathway Specialist, Jana O'Connell, has answers. Call her at (401) 254-5406 or email jloconnell@rwu.edu