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College of Liberal Arts
University of Mississippi

Social Sciences

Study the Social Sciences

Study how people, groups, & institutions behave and influence the world around us.

What kind of jobs can you get with a degree in the social sciences? Here are a few:

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The liberal arts empowers and prepares you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change through a broad knowledge of yourself and the world. Develop a sense of social responsibility and key intellectual skills sought in the workforce.

According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers survey, employers value:

  • Written communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Initiative
  • Quantitative skills
  • Work ethic
  • Verbal communication
  • Leadership

Majors for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees

  • Anthropology
  • Economics with optional emphases in financial economics; law and economics
  • Political Science with optional emphases in campaigns & elections; international conflict & cooperation; law & courts; politics of developing countries
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Leadership
  • Sociology

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  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Leadership
  • Sociology

Combine your traditional academic interests with these related multidisciplinary programs for powerful, integrative learning experiences that expand your interests and career options:

  • African American Studies
  • Cinema
  • Disaster Sciences
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • International Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Museum Studies
  • Society & Health
  • Southern Studies

Learn More About Our Students’ Journey in the Social Sciences

Our Student Ambassadors can show you what it’s like to be in your major. Click the links below to see their profile and Instagram.

“I graduated with superior research skills, massively enhanced oral and written communication skills, and a much clearer philosophical understanding of my place as a global citizen on this planet. That, my friend, is simply invaluable.”

—Patrick Woodyard (BA international studies), co-founder & CEO of Nisolo, a multinational fashion brand working throughout Central and South America.

“Mississippi offers a wonderful context for thinking about social problems. It can feel like you’re on the forefront of fresh change. Mississippi has lessons to share and stories to tell that can really make an impact in development and social change.”

—Emma Willoughby (BA liberal studies and sociology), earned a Master’s in international health policy at the London School of Economics before working with the Center for Obesity Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. After traveling and teaching in Asia, she began a PhD in health policy at the University of Michigan.