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Social Sciences Degree Program

Social Sciences Degree Program Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Customize your major to accomplish your career goals

Individuals who work in the fields of social sciences aren’t just people watchers. They observe, question, predict, test and revise. And what they learn is used to identify opportunities and improve the quality of life for individuals, groups, communities, and society as a whole.

Social science professionals are complex in their own right. They are effective communicators, team players, critical thinkers, and problem solvers who can apply research and theory to understand a variety of societal issues. Since it takes a unique skill set to excel in the social sciences, we’ve designed our major to be highly customizable and multidisciplinary so you have the necessary skills to meet your specific career goals.

Finish your degree faster by transferring previously earned credits

In Franklin’s transfer-friendly Social Sciences degree program, you can transfer up to 2/3 of your degree requirements, including previous coursework in anthropology, archaeology, criminal justice, criminology, cultural resource management, decision science, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology, or other related social science field.

By transferring social science credits you’ve already earned to Franklin, you’ll be able to finish your bachelor’s degree faster and at a lower cost.

Personalize your studies to achieve your career aspirations

A unique benefit of the program is that you are not tied to one specific social science discipline. Instead, our curriculum is designed to allow you to choose courses from a variety of social science areas, including anthropology, applied psychology, business economics, criminal justice administration, or sociology. As a result, you’ll gain knowledge and skills that are specific to your own career goals.

Learn the tools and methods to understand societal issues

As a student in our Social Sciences major, you will have the opportunity to explore relevant research methods and analysis techniques in pursuit of cause-and-effect relationships within society. You’ll focus on applying the scientific method to human behavior in order to improve society – from individuals, to small groups, at cultural and societal levels, cross-culturally and even looking at the entire world population.

Depending on the social science courses you take, key areas covered could include case study research, comparative research, content analysis, cost-benefit analysis, demographic analysis, historical research, predictive modeling, secondary data analysis, social assessment, social network analysis, and surveys.

Be a strong contender in the job market or in graduate school

The curriculum in our Social Sciences program provides you with a core set of skills that are valuable to employers in virtually any industry. You’ll improve your ability to function and communicate as part of team, think critically, and solve problems. This degree is also a strong fit for students striving to balance the strong interpersonal skills necessary for a service-oriented career with qualitative abilities and an enthusiasm for research.

Additionally, the Social Sciences major is well-suited for students interested in research, analysis, human resources, and other social science fields, as well as careers in military service and law enforcement.  

Thinking about graduate school? The analytical and research-oriented aspect of the courses offered in this program also make it a strong choice if you are interested in pursuing your master’s degree.

Tailor your capstone to your interests and career direction

The capstone course taken at the conclusion of your Social Sciences studies provides the ultimate level of customization and offers you a unique opportunity to apply your education in a true-to-life social science exercise. Not only will you showcase your learnings to date, but you’ll decide whether to complete your final project using a theoretical or applied approach.

By choosing the theoretical approach, you’ll develop a multidisciplinary strategy intended to better society. Opt for the applied approach, and you will complete an intervention within a social service setting to further the mission of that organization.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family and life. Get started on your future today!

How Social Sciences Works

Tailor your educational path to your interests by building a unique combination of skillsets that demonstrate a broad professional range and proven problem-solving abilities.

  1. As with all Franklin majors, general education courses set the foundation for future learning.
  2. Establish a core set of skills that are valuable to employers in virtually any industry and can seamlessly translate into the specific discipline areas you choose.
  1. Customize your path by choosing courses from a variety of areas, including anthropology, applied psychology, business economics, criminal justice administration, or sociology
  2. During your capstone, you'll apply what you learned to a true-to-life social science exercise using a theoretical or applied approach.

Increase your employability with the Social Sciences program

The average person changes jobs 10 times in his or her career*.

Taking courses from different social science disciplines will broaden your skillset.

*According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.


Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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