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Social Sciences Career Pathways

Use your insights into human behavior and institutions in a career that enhances individual lives and our broader social systems.

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Career Options

With a degree in social sciences, you’ll open doors in fields ranging from psychology to international relations to urban planning and beyond.

  • Anthropologist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Economist
  • Detective
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Grant Writer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Psychologist
  • Research Analyst
  • Urban Planner
  • Women’s Resource Center Director

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Pursue your interests with a customizable program that sets you up for success.

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Coursework Highlights

Find courses that give you the knowledge and skills to stand out from the pack.

  • Climate Change and Human Origins
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethnographic Techniques
  • Firearms and Impressions Evidence
  • Forensic Chemical Analysis
  • Global Community
  • Peace, War and Security
  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Research in Civic Engagement
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Getting to practice and apply what I learn about policy in Maxwell on a carbon pricing policy that I genuinely care about in my internship with Sustainability Management is a great opportunity.

—Naomi Weinflash ’23, policy studies and citizenship and civic engagement major

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Clubs and Organizations

Learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Make connections to build your resume and your network.

  • Anthropology Club
  • China Development Student Think Tank
  • Economics Student Association
  • International Relations Club
  • John Quincy Adams Society
  • Model United Nations Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Undergraduate Forensic Science Student Association

As an aspiring physician, I have to understand the social determinants of health that guide medical care. Being in the city of Syracuse gave me the perspective on the joys, struggles and hopes of the people that I will serve.

Louis Smith ’23, citizenship, civic engagement and biology major

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