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BMCC’s Social Science Associate of Arts Program is designed to introduce students to the workings of human society and social behaviors. Students will examine groups, cultures, organizations, and social institutions and learn the way people develop socially. A career in social science can be a rewarding way to put study into practice. Opportunities in this career path include positions that use research and data to understand and improve society. Many of the top careers in social science are also expected to grow faster than average in the next ten years due to the need for qualified individuals to analyze data and trends.
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Career options for a student who completes an associate's degree program in social science vary greatly. Students are provided with critical thinking, writing, and analysis skills that are applicable to many possible careers. Career options a student might pursue include:
Many applied social sciences professionals work in colleges, universities, governments, and consulting services. With a degree in social sciences, many job fields open up because of the diversity of the degree. You could work as a social worker, social work technician, substance abuse counselor, mental health professional, law enforcement, administration, etc.
According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, National Occupational Employment and Wages Estimates*, the following are the national median salaries. Starting salaries will generally be less than median salaries. Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.
|Occupation||National Annual Mean
|Expected Job Growth Rate|
|Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker||$54,540||1.6%|
An Associate of Arts in Social Science is also a great bridge to a 4-year university. The BMCC program meets the Michigan Transfer Agreement requirements and therefore is accepted at all participating Michigan Universities.
*Hyperlink and table last updated September 2021, the table here may not match if new data has been entered at the hyperlink location.
“The social science program at BMCC changed my life. I am now doing things that I never thought would be possible. By using a multidisciplinary approach for their program, students are able to learn ways to better understand people and their environments- which helps give them an advantage when they enter the workforce. It was great as a stand-alone program and also provides a great base for those who wish to transfer to a 4-year university. Hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
-- Jessica Schimmelpenny Mills, 2016 Student at Western Michigan University, Specialty Program for Addictions of Drug/Alcohol