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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


Birmingham, ,
United Kingdom
University of Birmingham

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Baltimore, MD,
United States
Walden University

For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and impacting their professions and their communities. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries ...

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Liverpool, N.A.,
United Kingdom
University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-class research university founded in 1881 and ranked in 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’s ...

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Suite 175 Johns Creek , Atlanta,
University of Atlanta

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Colchester, VT,
United States
St. Michael's College

At St. Mike's, we put great thought and care into what our students learn--and how they learn it. Whether you're studying the environment, the global economy, new media, psychology, biochemistry, world religions or accounting, you'll be& ...

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Forest City, IA,
Waldorf College

At Waldorf College, it’s all about YOU! We offer popular majors, small classes, loads of sports and activities, and a vibrant college community.  Big possibilities await you in the small town of Forest City, Iowa! Waldorf is a friendly, p ...

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Liberty , Liberty,
William Jewell College

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Arcata, CA,
United States
Humboldt State University

What sets Humboldt State University apart? Innovation begins with the way we approach the teacher-student relationship. Many colleges boast prestigious, but distant, faculty members. Our students actually know their world-renowned professors. In add ...

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Pittsburgh, PA,
United States
Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s-level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News &< ...

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Plymouth, NH,
United States
Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate and approximately 3,000 graduate students. The 170-acre campus offers a Ne ...

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