Social Sciences

Social Sciences Fundamentals

Students interested in the social sciences have the option to pursue a degree within any one of our social science departments (economics, history, political science, psychology or sociology), a Social Sciences Divisional major, or a degree in one of the increasingly popular PPE or PSP tracks.

A degree in the Philosophy, Political Science and Economics track (PPE) or the Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology track (PSP) trains students in three interrelated and versatile fields of inquiry.

  • Social sciences students learn how to:
    • analyze and interpret written material carefully
    • organize and present ideas and information in a clear and persuasive manner
    • evaluate alternative ideas as well as research problems
    • acquire transferable skills that are valuable in various career paths

Professional Preparation

  • Coursework provides a strong foundation to pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including law and medicine.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • win teaching awards
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning
  • are leading experts in their field 

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

The Departments of Philosophy, Political Science and Economics offer many opportunities to augment classroom learning with research experiences.

PPE majors may participate in the Oxford University’s summer study-abroad program.

Real-word Experience

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary. Depending on your professional interest, you might consider a co-op assignment in the legal profession, schools, or government.

Social Sciences Student Organizations 

Interact with other social sciences students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • Associated Student Government
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Economics Club
  • Financial Management Association
  • Philosophy Club
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary)
  • Pre-Law Club

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Social Sciences

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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

Graduates with a degree in social sciences — philosophy, political science and economics (PPE) — have combined the knowledge and skills gained from each field. They do well in such fields as:

  • medicine
  • management and personnel
  • investments
  • journalism
  • education
  • government and foreign service
  • religion
  • social studies
  • business
  • arts

Career Outlook

Opportunities are growing the fields of political science, philosophy and economics. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees. 

Career Services 

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.