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RMU’s history and government curriculum is part of the social science degree program, which develops reasoning, mathematical and communications skills, and a comprehensive knowledge of the social sciences. Graduates qualify for entry-level positions in social and welfare occupations. 

Our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, and counselors.

In this program you'll become knowledgeable in subjects such as U.S. history, the Constitution, world geography, political science, and sociology. In addition to reasoning, mathematical, and communications skills, as a graduate of this program, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A patient, caring attitude and a sense of responsibility in a professional situation.
  • An understanding of the social sciences and an ability to integrate this understanding with their intellectual, social, personal and professional growth.
  • An ability to deal with human relationships and personal development in the context of the society in which they exist.

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This program also prepares students for positions in areas that require a strong social science background, including management, sales, marketing or human resources, or for graduate study in sociology, economics, law, history, political science, psychology and other related areas.

Graduates with a B.A. degree are likely to seek positions that require writing, listening and presentation skills, such as interviewers, non-licensed counselors in social services agencies and training and development specialists. The B.A. also provides the option of studying secondary education, which allows students to teach social studies in grades 7-12.

Sample Business/Industry Job Titles
Bank manager, child care provider, counselor, environmental researcher, interpreter, parole officer, police officer, politician, social worker, teacher/professor.

2010 Average Yearly Salary for Social Sciences (from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)


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2009 RMU Salary Survey

Range: $28,000 - $40,000

Mean: $34,000 (based on three or fewer responses)


Below is a typical four-year course of study for history & government students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading & Writing Strategies Argument and Research
Principles of Macroeconomics Principles of Microeconomics
Humanities: Art and Music U.S. History II
Science elective Fundamentals of Info. Systems
U.S. History I Reasoning/Applications
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking and Persuasion Amer. National Government
Professional Communications Principles of Sociology
World Civilizations I Political Science elective
Statistics General elective
General Psychology General elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Intro to Anthropology Developing World
World Geography The Constitution
Cont/Comp. Political Sys.     Political Science elective
History elective                       General elective
General elective General elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Social Science Practicum Senior Thesis
History elective General elective        
General elective General elective
General elective General elective
General elective General elective


At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

Internship Employers:
City of Pittsburgh, Head Start, Kane Regional Center, The Linsly School, Office of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Uptown Community Action Group.

Majors will have the benefit of an active learning environment that is supported by carefully planned developmental field experiences that are a strategic part of all education and social science degree programs in the school. Thus, students gain professional real-world experience before graduating.

In addition to the school's full-time faculty, excellent part-time adjunct faculty, who are currently employed in the field, assist in delivering a dynamic yet challenging curriculum that prepares graduates to compete favorably in today's job market

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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