Introduction

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Social Science degree program is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.

Overview

The Social Science program educates students to succeed in a wide variety of fields. The writing, listening and presentation skills emphasized in the program are necessary for leadership in many different areas of employment, including teaching, human services, politics, government and human resources management, sales, marketing, and public relations.

Graduates with a B.S. degree are able to seek positions that require a high level of business knowledge and/or quantitative reasoning skills. They are likely to pursue positions in management or human resources as administrative or research assistants and as junior research analysts or statisticians.

The Social Science program educates students to succeed in a wide variety of fields. The critical thinking skills emphasized in the program are necessary for leadership in many different areas of employment, including teaching, human services, politics, government and human resources management, sales, marketing, and public relations.  Graduates with a B.S. degree are able to seek positions that require a high level of business knowledge and/or quantitative reasoning skills. They are likely to pursue positions in management or human resources as administrative or research assistants and as junior research analysts or statisticians.

Students are also prepared for further study on the graduate level in sociology, economics, law, history, political science, psychology and other areas. Graduates are able to demonstrate an understanding attitude and sense of responsibility in professional situations, an ability to integrate their social science knowledge with their own social and intellectual growth, and the capability to deal with social relationships in the context of the society in which they exist.

Curriculum Requirements

Students completing at least five courses in business and/or quantitative and natural sciences as liberal arts or open electives will receive a B.S. degree.  


The program has three components:

  1. Robert Morris University Core - 39 credits
    These are the traditional liberal arts requirements of the University. Studies in humanities and social, behavioral, natural and quantitative sciences are included.
  2. Field Concentration/Social Science Core - 72 credits
    Includes courses in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology and statistics, as well as a social science practicum and a social science seminar.
  3. Open Electives - 15 credits
    The student may select five courses within the University offerings to broaden his or her skills in some area of interest.

Sample Business/Industry Job Titles

Administrative assistant to an elected official, archival researcher, border patrol agent, child care provider, document analyst, equal opportunity compliance specialist, government affairs officer, intelligence specialist, Internal Revenue officer, police officer, social insurance administrator, social service administration specialist, social worker, vocational rehabilitation specialist.

Internship Employers

Students complete an internship at sites such as: Center for Victims of Violent Crimes, City of Pittsburgh, Early Learning Institute, Family Behavioral Resources, Fort Pitt Museum, Head Start, Heinz History Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Mars Home for Youth, Mooncrest Grant Project, Pittsburgh Cares, RMU Athletic Department, Sewickley Community Center, Soldiers and Sailors Military Museum and Memorial, Woodlands Foundation.

Concentrations