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Social Science Courses

Enroll in free online courses in the social sciences including sociology, political science, human geography, demography and more. Learn about the science of happiness or the history and effect of social programs. Courses are available from major universities worldwide.

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What is Social Science?

Social Science is a major category of academic disciplines that study human society and social relationships. Social Science disciplines include Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, History, and Linguistics, among others. Applied Social Science is the driving force behind some of our most critical fields. In addition to academic work, study in these areas prepares learners for positions as Mental Health Practitioners, Social Studies Teachers, Economists, Translators, Program Managers, and Analysts.

Learners who excel in branches of Social Science typically display aptitudes for interpreting data, recognizing connections, understanding relationships, critical analysis of sources, and generalization of specific information – all skills that are prized in the larger business world. Excellence in social science courses and proven ability to conduct social science research. As such, a bachelor of social science or any advanced social science degree can offer a real advantage in the job market.

Online Courses in the Social Sciences

Introductory and advanced online courses are available in a wide array of Social Science subjects. UQx’s Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Introduction to Clinical Psychology courses are great starting points for those with an interest in Psychology.

Other offerings include u.lab: Leading Change in Times of Disruption and Socially- Responsible Real Estate Development and from MITx, as well as BerkeleyX’s Journalism for Social Change. Courses are also available from AmnestyInternationalX. For more advanced learners, MichiganX offers a six-course MicroMasters program in Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research. Courses like IIMBx’s Operations Management, which is also part of the requirement for edX’s MicroMasters in Business Management program, also make up edX’s Social Sciences offerings. For additional options, you may want to explore Bachelor of Social Work programs or even online Master of Social Work degrees.

Jobs in the Social Sciences

Because Social Science disciplines utilize so many in-demand skills, learnings from these courses can be applied to many sectors typically staffed by Social Science degree-holders. For example, as the business world has become increasingly reliant on data analysis, there are many opportunities for candidates with computational social science skills.

Indeed lists over 265,000 jobs for Project Managers, with 44,000 of those starting at $100,000 or more a year. There are also 5,000 entry-level jobs available for Analysts in various industries, and a total of more than 115,000 Analyst jobs at all levels. Additionally, there are thousands of positions open right now for specific social science careers. Indeed lists over 94,000 open jobs for Social Workers, more than 18,000 of which start at salaries of $60,000 or more. There are 9,000 Social Justice opportunities on Indeed as well as 2,500 for Political Analysts.

Explore a career in the Social Sciences

The Social Sciences cover so many aspects of our world and prepare learners for a wide array of jobs. Choose from hundreds of edX courses and explore a future in Social Work, Economics, History, Political Science, and much much more. Enroll now and start down your path today.