The B.S. in Applied Social Science program provides a comprehensive and challenging academic experience which will prepare you for employment in a broad array of careers. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:
Goal 1: Knowledge base in the social sciences and history
Students will demonstrate a breadth of understanding of the theories, perspectives, and findings of the social sciences and history. Students will be able to articulate an in-depth understanding of the fields in their concentration.
Goal 2: Inter-disciplinary learning
Students will synthesize methods and theories from multiple disciplinary perspectives to analyze social and historical issues, problems, and/or questions.
Goal 3: Context
Students will understand social issues in global and historical context.
Goal 4: Professional communication skills
Students will be proficient in oral, written, and visual communication skills.
Goal 5: Research methodology
Students will design appropriate applied social science and/or historical research and collect appropriate qualitative, quantitative, and/or primary source data to execute the design.
Goal 6: Data and primary source analysis
Students will demonstrate professional qualitative, quantitative, and historical data analysis skills.
Goal 7: Application
Students will use social science and historical knowledge, research, and analysis skills to address social problems. Students will demonstrate an ability to make policy and practice recommendations and use knowledge and skills to address problems in professional settings (business, non-profit, government, education, etc.).
Goal 8: Technology
Students will demonstrate an ability to use appropriate technology and software to gather social science and history literature and to collect and analyze data.
Goal 9: Diversity and inclusion
Students will understand the value of diversity and inclusion of diverse populations, use social science and history to understand inequalities and issues of diversity, and use skills to work for more equitable workplaces and society.
Goal 10: Professional and research ethics
Students will demonstrate and practice appropriate ethical conduct.
Goal 11: Global citizenship and social responsibility
Students will practice civic engagement and responsibility, evaluate information in the public realm to make informed choices, and demonstrate leadership skills.