Social and Behavioral Sciences, BA
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The Social and Behavioral Sciences degree at ASU’s West campus immerses students in the psychological and social principles that influence behavior in a variety of social structures, such as community, culture, family. Students are trained to succeed in careers focused on social advocacy.

The curriculum of the BA program in social and behavioral sciences provides an understanding of assumptions underlying the social and behavioral sciences, develops students' research skills 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 with a background suitable to helping them better understand psychological and social principles related to the behavior of individuals across multiple social contexts and institutions (e.g., family, community, society and culture).

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Social and Behavioral Sciences, BA

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

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Career outlook

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.

This degree 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.

Other careers include:

  • border patrol officer
  • community developer
  • customer services manager
  • housing specialist
  • human Relations Officer
  • immigration advocate
  • lawyer
  • lobbyist
  • mediator
  • nonprofit manager
  • social sciences professor
  • social services case worker
  • statistical analyst
  • urban planner
  • victim's advocate

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2%
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Human Resources Managers9.1%$110,120
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* 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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