The Social and Behavioral Sciences, BS degree at ASU’s West campus provides a statistical foundation to understand how psychological and social principles interact, training our graduates to become highly successful social advocates.
The curriculum of the BS in social and behavioral sciences provides an understanding of assumptions underlying the social and behavioral sciences; enables students to develop research skills necessary for analysis of complex social issues; offers a flexible program tailored to the career goals of the individual student; and offers individual and group experiences in working with faculty on concrete intellectual and policy issues.
The core courses provide students a background suitable to help them better understand psychological and social principles related to the behavior of individuals across multiple social contexts and institutions (e.g., community, culture, family and society). The Bachelor of Science differs from the BA degree in that this degree program has a stronger focus on the use of statistics.
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
The interdisciplinary degree is an excellent option that matches the individual's interests and fulfills many employers' expectations of a bachelor's degree, namely that it should expose the student to a variety of outlooks and challenges.
Such a degree is competitive in most situations in which the disciplinary social and behavioral degrees are accepted, and it is advantageous when seeking entry to broad professional programs such as regional planning or urban studies.
The degree also provides a solid background in social sciences and methodologies that prepares students for graduate work in community development, counseling, criminal justice, professional schools (e.g. law, public administration, social work), public policy, social science disciplines, and urban studies or planning.
Possible careers include:
- border patrol officer
- community developer
- customer services manager
- housing specialist
- human Relations Officer
- immigration advocate
- nonprofit manager
- social sciences professor
- social services case worker
- statistical analyst
- urban planner
- victim's advocate
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Customer Service Representatives||4.9%||$32,890|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||23.2%|
|Social and Human Service Assistants||16.4%||$33,120|
|City and Regional Planning Aides||4.3%||$46,000|
|Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other||13.2%||$41,570|
|Immigration and Customs Inspectors||4.5%||$79,970|
|Social Science Research Assistants||4.3%||$46,000|
|Human Resources Managers||9.1%||$110,120|
|Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators||10.4%||$60,670|
|Legal Support Workers, All Other||3.8%||$56,120|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||5.7%||$51,410|
|Public Relations Specialists||8.8%||$59,300|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||10%||$64,480|
|Social and Community Service Managers||18%||$64,100|
|Urban and Regional Planners||12.8%||$71,490|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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