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Chart Your Own Academic Adventure With a Social Sciences or Humanities Degree

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The humanities and social sciences have laid the groundwork for how humans see and interact with the modern world. From William Du Bois to Steve Jobs, these versatile forms of academia have helped to shape the minds of brilliant thinkers and revolutionaries.

While some unfamiliar with the subjects might see them as interchangeable, many distinct differences separate these forms of study.

Within their differences are their brilliance and what makes them such interesting subjects to explore.

Earning a social sciences or humanities degree from the Tulane School of Professional Advancement (Tulane SoPA) puts the wind in your sails toward academic adventure with interchangeable career skills that can benefit you in a multitude of fields.

What Are the Social Sciences?

According to Investopedia, the social sciences are a group of academic disciplines dedicated to examining human behavior, specifically how humans interact with each other, behave, develop as a culture, and influence the world.

Social scientists spend their days researching how societies work and dive deep into subjects ranging from the driving forces behind human behavior to government and the economy.

There are five main branches of the social sciences:

  • Economics
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology, and
  • Social psychology

A relatively new field that rose to prominence in the 20th century, the social sciences are separate from the natural sciences like physics and chemistry. However, this discipline does use similar scientific techniques to examine the relationships between individuals and the societies they reside in.

What are the Humanities?

According to the National Humanities Center, humanities in academia includes the study of:

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Modern and ancient languages
  • Religion
  • Media and cultural studies, and
  • Fine and performing arts

The humanities help students develop creative and critical thinking skills by investigating a range of subjects. For this reason, amongst others, the humanities have been considered a necessary part of a well-rounded upper-level education since ancient times.

Key Differences Between the Humanities and Social Sciences

While the humanities and social sciences are closely linked, there are still some critical differences between these two forms of study.

Although both subjects dive deep into the relationship between human beings and their cultures, the social sciences are more concerned with the essential elements of human culture, like tradition and heritage. In contrast, the field of humanities studies distinctive aspects of human culture and focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of specific cases or events.

Both study forms teach critical skills applicable to many different fields. Social sciences and humanities degrees are among the most career-flexible programs students can choose.

Career Outlooks With a Social Sciences or Humanities Degree

At Tulane SoPA, the social sciences and humanities degrees do not have set courses. This allows students to customize their programs to specific disciplines that interest them. Students can leverage this flexibility to pursue a variety of rewarding career opportunities.

Social sciences degree

When you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Tulane SoPA, you will develop a versatile skill set while exploring the economic, cultural, political, and historical contexts of societies from across the globe.

Courses you can choose from include:

  • Geography
  • Latin American studies
  • Anthropology
  • Louisiana studies
  • Political science, and
  • Sociology

With this degree, you will develop a skill set that can prepare you for positions such as:

  • HR professional
  • Teacher
  • Social worker
  • Upper management, and
  • Political scientist

Along with a positive professional outlook, a social sciences degree also allows students to pursue graduate programs across the academic spectrum, including:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Arts
  • Sciences
  • Education
  • Social work, and
  • Public policy

Humanities degree

Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Tulane SoPA will help you develop valuable communication, analysis, and writing skills that prepare you to work in various environments.

As a humanities student, you will engage in coursework that covers subjects such as:

  • Religious studies
  • English literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics, and
  • Visual and performing arts

With this degree, you will develop a skill set that can prepare you for careers in:

  • Journalism
  • Consulting
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Library science, and
  • Public policy

Similar to earning a social sciences degree, a humanities degree can be your pathway to pursue graduate degrees in:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Arts
  • Library science
  • Education, and
  • Public policy

Elevate Your Career With a Social Sciences or Humanities Degree From Tulane SoPA

When you earn a social sciences or humanities degree from Tulane SoPA, your mind will be open to new ways of analytical thinking, problem-solving, and communicating.

Our online programs are designed for working adults needing flexible schedules to help elevate their careers.

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