Social Sciences BA Degree/BS Degree
Gain a Multifaceted Foundation in Human Relations and Research
With a bachelor of arts in social sciences at The University of Texas at Tyler, you’ll gain knowledge and skills that benefit you in a wide range of careers because the program prepares you to understand the complexity and dynamics of human interaction.
- Explore the social sciences in a multifaceted environment that combines sociology, anthropology and geography, and choose one of the three as an area of specialization.
- Develop an appreciation of scientific methods used in the study of human behavior, institutions, ethnic groups and societies across time and space, and the earth as the human home.
- Complete your social sciences degree through hybrid study—taking classes at the UT Tyler campus and other courses that are offered online. Study abroad courses also are offered.
Graduates of the UT Tyler social sciences degree program are employed in a variety of professions, including law, business, public service, health care, education, government, public administration, environmental management and urban development.
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Bachelor’s in Social Sciences: Balancing Methodology and Application
- Gain a broad liberal arts education that is ideal preparation for careers in a diverse, global society.
- Learn to think critically using scientific methodologies and conceptual tools that help you understand human behavior in all its diversity.
- Learn archaeological field methods by participating in a summer field project exploring ancient Maya and Belize.
Students may choose to earn a bachelor of science (BS) in social sciences, which does not require 4 semesters of a foreign language, which are part of the BA curriculum.
Social Sciences Faculty: Professional. Student-Centered.
- Learn from professors who have extensive professional experience, many as practicing sociologists, anthropologists and geographers.
- Study with educators who are published authors on such topics as Understanding the Causes of Abandonment in the Maya Lowlands; Using the Homebook Method for Teaching Graduate Courses in Social Sciences; and Affinographs: A New Method for Assessment of Families and Couples.
- Participate in small classes that ensure one-on-one interaction with your professors and opportunities to work and learn side by side.
Contemporary Social Problems – Examine current problems that influence the well-being of individuals, institutions and societies. Develop a perspective to evaluate conflicts in values, individual deviance, family instability, aging, environment, terrorism, drug abuse and other contemporary issues. Possible solutions based on sociological theory are explored.
– Study the beginnings of human cultures and the methods used to reconstruct and interpret the prehistoric past.
Cultural Anthropology – Explore a holistic, comparative perspective on human conditions, using both humanistic and scientific approaches. Delve into the nature, principles and comparative topics of culture, such as subsistence, family, language, religion and art.
World Regional Geography – Analyze cultural patterns in terms of physical, locational, social and economic processes. World regions are described and compared.
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Career Outlook for Sociologists
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for sociologists is favorable and expected to grow 18% over the decade ending in 2020. The analytical background sociologists possess prepares them well for a variety of career opportunities. Many positions in policy, marketing and research are well suited to the sociologist’s skill set. For more, go to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/sociologists.htm.