The phrase social sciences describes a broad area of majors – including sociology, economics, anthropology, and many other fields – that study how society works. How do power relationships, history, race, ethnicity, and gender affect social institutions? What social structures – like family and religion – influence the world? How are economies built, and how do they operate? If you’re passionate about changing the structure of society, or at least understanding it, this might be a good fit.

This animated video from Soomo is a cute summary of the field, although it excludes economics:

This article from Study International is a useful summary of what it’s like to study the social sciences:

While for many people the words “social sciences” may conjure up images of social workers or teachers, this is a gross misunderstanding of the range of roles available within this discipline, as well as the impact that it has on the wider world. In general, social sciences focus on the study of society and the relationship among individuals within society. Social science covers a wide spectrum of subjects, including economics, political science, sociology, history, archaeology, anthropology, and law. In comparison to STEM sciences, social science is able to provide insight into how science and innovation work – in effect it is the science of science. In particular, social scientists are equipped with the analytical and communication skills that are important throughout many industries and organizations.


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