Social Science at Providence College

Why Study Social Science at Providence College?
The social science major at Providence College offers a highly interdisciplinary curriculum coupled with an incredible amount of flexibility — providing the opportunity to customize a course of study to best fit students’ interests and serve their professional goals. The program is built on a solid foundation of social theory, research methods, and critical thinking skills. Students then build upon this common foundation by choosing courses from any three of seven social science disciplines.

This combination of distinct — yet complementary disciplines — delivers great breadth and depth of knowledge. Our curriculum provides graduates with a distinct competitive edge in pursuing a wide variety of careers across every sector, from government and non-profit organizations to business, education, and more.  

What you'll study

The major in social science requires that students complete a minimum of 10 courses from a combination of any three of the seven social science disciplines: anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. These courses must include a research methods course, a theory course, and the social science capstone seminar, which allows students to integrate the material learned across the chosen disciplines.

Students plan their own course of study in consultation with the director of the program, and classes are chosen strategically in order to achieve both breadth of subject matter and depth of study.  

Selected Courses

  • Cultural Psychology  
  • Empirical Political Analysis  
  • Health Economics  
  • Introduction to Linguistics  
  • Modern Latin American History  
  • Modern Political Theory  
  • Prehistoric Archaeology  
  • Psychology and Law  
  • Public Finance  
  • Social Research Methods  
  • Theory in Anthropology  
  • Urban Sociology 

Faculty

Because the social science major incorporates such a wide range of study, students have the benefit of learning from a broad and diverse array of faculty members from each department of the seven social science disciplines. These faculty members are not only dedicated and passionate professors, but also award-winning scholars, researchers, and active citizens of the wider community.

They present at national conferences, have authored articles in a wide range of esteemed professional publications, and have earned honors and recognition in their respective disciplines, as well as for excellence in teaching. 

ENGAGED LEARNING

 

At Providence College, students have access to a wide array of engaged learning opportunities that allow them to put the knowledge learned in the classroom into action in the real world — a particularly valuable experience for those majoring in social science.

These opportunities include internships at companies such as Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual Insurance, IGT, and United Methodist Elder Care. In addition, social science majors have studied abroad in such countries as Argentina, Australia, China, England, Italy, and Spain. Other engaged learning opportunities include research, service learning, and social justice advocacy, to name a few.

86%

of 2017-2021 interdisciplinary graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.


  • 59% are employed only
  • 14% are attending school only
  • 14% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • BlueGrace Logistics
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions  
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)  
  • Claims Bureau USA, Inc.  
  • ClearCompany
  • DialogueDirect  
  • Elementary/secondary schools throughout the United States
  • Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation  
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Progressive Insurance  
  • State of Rhode Island
  • Teach For America  
  • The Media Kitchen
  • U.S. Army 

Selected Graduate Schools*

  • Boston University
  • Brown University  
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University  
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Providence College  
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Suffolk University  
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Villanova University  

*for all students who major in interdisciplinary programs