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What Are Social and Behavioral Sciences?

Social and behavioral sciences address a range of human issues. Behavioral science refers to the investigation of human and animal behavior through observation and experimentation, while social sciences explore the structure and impact of groups. Social and behavioral scientists examine phenomena from social, cultural, political, technological and biological perspectives.


Social and behavioral sciences encompass the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology – the study of human diversity from a cultural, biological, and historical lens
  • Sociology – the study of human social activity
  • Ethnic studies – the study of race and ethnicity
  • Psychology – the study of the human mind and behavior
  • Social work – an interdisciplinary field of study blending psychology, sociology, ethnic studies and public policy
  • Law – the study of the societal rules that govern behavior
  • Global studies – an interdisciplinary field studying social, political and cultural relationships across the world
  • Political science – the study of political entities and processes
  • Women’s and gender studies – an interdisciplinary field examining history, politics, and society from the perspective of women and gender minorities
  • Communications – the study of the process of exchanging information
  • Journalism – the written or verbal reporting of events to a wide audience
  • Public policy – the study of systems of law addressing a given topic


Who Should Study Social and Behavioral Sciences?

If you plan on studying one of the social or behavioral sciences, you should ideally answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Do I truly enjoy learning about different human processes?
  • Am I curious about people?
  • Do I enjoy listening to people?
  • Could I spend all day reading about, listening to, or writing other peoples’ life stories?
  • Do I want to make a difference in the world by doing work that “gives back”?
    • Also, you should ideally answer “no” to the following questions: Do people bore me?
    • Do I have a low tolerance for socializing?
    • Am I drawn to working alone, and being in minimal contact with others?


Sample Social and Behavioral Science Classes

Social and behavioral science classes differ depending upon whether they are being offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. That said, here is a list of various social and behavioral science fields and some sample classes you could expect to encounter in your course of study:

  • Anthropology – Migration, Old World Prehistory, New World Prehistory, Culture and Social Relations
  • Sociology – Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Violence
  • Ethnic studies – Population Histories of the United States, Immigration and the Transformation of America, Race and Social Change, Environmental Racism
  • Psychology – History of Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology
  • Social work – Human Behavior, Policy, Research Methods, Family Systems Theory
  • Law – Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Legal Theory and History, Estates and Trusts
  • Global studies – Political Economy, Theories of Cultural Studies, Nationalism and Violence, Postcolonial Theory and Literature
  • Political science – International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, Ethics and Society
  • Women’s and gender studies – Global Women’s Issues, Women and Crime, Society and Sexuality, Gender and Communication
  • Communications – Origins of Language, Principles of Oral Communication, Small Group Processes, Communication Theory
  • Journalism – News Writing, Censorship and Literature, Mass Media and Society, Editing
  • Public policy – Wealth and Poverty, Race and Public Policy, Budgeting, Public Policy and Terrorism


Types of Social and Behavioral Science Careers

There are many fields of study within the social and behavioral sciences, so there are many career paths from which to choose. Those holding social and behavioral science degrees may find work in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Law firms
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Government
  • Private industry
  • Nonprofits
  • Universities
  • Newspapers
  • Broadcast television
  • Think tanks
  • Charitable foundations


Baltimore, MD,
United States
Walden University

At Walden, we believe that knowledge is most valuable when put to use in organizations, communities, and families. We offer over 75 online degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations


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University of Liverpool

Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a world-class research university and is ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide.* The University is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation, and is a member of the UK ...

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Norwich, London,
University of East Anglia

 The University of East Anglia has a student population of 15,000 and is home to more than 3500 students from outside the UK.
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London, ,
United Kingdom
School of Oriental and African Studies

SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.
SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary exp ...

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Oxford, London,
Oxford Brookes University

 Oxford Brookes University offers first-class teaching in a world-famous student city. It has been ranked as England’s best modern university by the Sunday Times University Guide for the last 12 years.With over 18,000 students enrolled on ...

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Providence, RI,
United States
Johnson & Wales University

A medium-sized, 4-year, private university. This coed college is located in a small city in an urban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers diploma, associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
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Plattsburgh, NY,
United States

A medium-sized, 4-year, public liberal arts college and teachers college/college of education. This coed college is located in a large town in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, bachelor's and master ...

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Oswego, NY,
United States

A medium-sized, 4-year, public university. This coed college is located in a large town in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
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Manchester, NH,
United States
Southern New Hampshire University

A medium-sized, 4-year, private university and culinary school. This coed college is located in a small city in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral deg ...

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Surrey, ,
United Kingdom
University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading research Universities with a history dating back more than 120 years and a global reputation for academic excellence. With more than 12,000 students from over 145 countries, including near

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