The Social Science Undergraduate program offers students a robust foundation in history, sociology, political science, and geography, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the social forces that shape our world. The program is designed to equip you with critical thinking skills, a deep knowledge of social sciences literature, methodologies, theories, and debates, as well as the practical experience needed to succeed in a wide range of careers. For those aspiring to educate the next generation, we offer a specialized track for Teacher Licensure, adhering to the standards set by the State of Mississippi. Join us to embark on a journey of discovery, analysis, and engagement with the complexities of society.

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Program Overview


The Social Science program is structured to be completed over the course of four years, culminating in either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Comprising a total of 128 credit hours, the curriculum is thoughtfully designed to ensure a comprehensive education in social sciences. Students will navigate through a wide array of courses, including a core set of subjects as well as electives that allow for personalization of the educational journey. This duration includes opportunities for immersive experiences, such as archival research, fieldwork, or international study travel, enriching students' academic and practical understanding of their field.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

Prospective students must:

Meet all undergraduate admissions requirements of the University

Complete an online application & pay application fee

Submit official transcripts via eScript or mailed from the institution

Career Outlooks

Graduates of the Social Science program are exceptionally well-prepared for a variety of career paths in education, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The broad-based knowledge and skills acquired through our program—including analytical research, critical thinking, and a deep understanding of societal dynamics—equip our alumni for roles in teaching, policy analysis, social work, and many other fields that require a nuanced understanding of human behavior and social systems. For those interested in education, our Teacher Licensure track provides a direct pathway to becoming licensed social science educators at the secondary level, meeting all professional requirements mandated by the State of Mississippi. Our graduates emerge as informed citizens and professionals capable of making significant contributions to society.

Teacher Licensure

For students passionate about shaping young minds through education, our Social Science Major with Teacher Licensure offers an esteemed pathway to teaching at the secondary level. This rigorous track combines the core curriculum of either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with professional requirements set by the State of Mississippi. Key courses include sociology, political science, economics, history, and upper-level electives in history, sociology, or political science. Beyond academic preparation, our program ensures students gain hands-on experience and expert guidance from both the Department of History and Social Science and the Department of Education, laying the groundwork for a fulfilling career in education.

Find Your Calling

Embark on a journey to discover your passion and purpose at William Carey University. Here, education goes beyond textbooks, blending innovation, faith, and learning to prepare you for not just a career, but a calling.