Psychological and Social Sciences

Psychological and Social Sciences

The Psychological and Social Sciences program offers a degree for students interested in understanding human behavior and its influence on society, as well as the influence of social forces on individuals.

Students take courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, and human development and family studies to help prepare for a career that requires skill in explaining, predicting, and changing human behavior. They will also have the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in critical thinking, communication, and ethical practices, with the option to focus on research or applied experiences through coursework and internships.

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Academic Choices

Students can choose from either a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. provides a broad foundation in social and psychological theory, while the B.S. offers an additional emphasis on research and quantification of human behavior; these students also will complete a yearlong (Fall to Spring) senior thesis.

Qualified students may also be eligible to earn a masters degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine or Thomas Jefferson University through our health professions partnership program. See more partnership information.

Entrance to Major requirements.

Internship Opportunities

  • Hospitals and outpatient agencies providing mental health counseling and geriatric care
  • Research positions with marketing firms, museums, and Fortune 500 companies
  • Day treatment programs and alternative schools for children and youth with emotional and behavior problems
  • Social services programs for individuals with special needs
  • Human resources departments
  • Counseling positions with individuals in the probation and parole and juvenile justice systems

Career Opportunities

The Psychological and Social Sciences major is designed to help graduates prepare for a variety of career fields or continued study in graduate or professional schools. Career choices include:

  • child and geriatric care counseling
  • clinical, and social work
  • social science research positions
  • education
  • human resources
  • marketing/marketing research
  • occupational therapy