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Online Bachelor's Degree inAPPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES

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Learn the leadership, communication, critical thinking, research, and interpersonal skills that will help you in your career.


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An interest in applied social sciences means an interest in society and social behaviors. It means an interest in the thorough examination of groups, cultures, organizations, and social institutions. It means an interest in the ways in which people develop socially. It means a love of lifelong learning, and an understanding that every day will bring new and exciting insights into the way we live our lives.

If this sounds like you then CSU-Global's online Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Social Sciences may lead to the career you're looking for.

Many applied social sciences professionals work in colleges, universities, governments, and consulting services. With a degree in applied social sciences, you are free to explore your career options in many fields with various job titles, including social worker, social work case manager, psychologist, political scientist, college professor, survey researcher, and more.

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in Applied Social Sciences

Gain a thorough understanding of human behavior and increase your knowledge in a variety of disciplines through your online bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences.

Among other valuable skills, you will learn how to build effective teams and make organizations function better through practical decision making, critical thinking, and analytical research.

A bachelor's degree in applied social sciences is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in sociology, law, public administration, social work, psychology, and education.

If any of these appeal to you, fill out the form to your right to discuss your options with an Enrollment Counselor.

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The Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Sciences program is a degree completion program that investigates the human experience and examines how structures, relationships, and ideas of the social world relate to human behavior. This degree prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers, and emphasizes critical thinking, interpersonal awareness, and team-building skills. Students build practical knowledge and skills in written and interpersonal communication, analytical reasoning, and decision making. The degree allows students to select courses in major disciplines in the social sciences, namely, economics, history, political science, communications, criminology psychology and sociology.

Students develop the ability to think critically through the examination of the principles and practices that underpin various social science disciplines as they relate to historic and contemporary social phenomenon. Upon completion of the degree, students integrate theory, social research, skills and professional experience preparing them for employment in the workforce in public, private and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective written communication and analytical skills.
  • Integrate and apply social, historic, psychological, political, and economic perspectives to a professional setting.
  • Develop critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and making skills.
  • Examine the principles and practices that underpin social science disciplines.
  • Analyze impact of ethical behaviors in the decision making process within a professional environment.

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Career Outlook

The applied social sciences field is projected to grow 15% over the next seven years, compared to the 11% all-occupation average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's good news for those interested in the field, but it still means strong competition for the best jobs.  A bachelor's degree from CSU-Global might just give you the edge you need in order to achieve your professional goals.

You’d be a great candidate for earning an applied social sciences degree if you like to:

  • Design research projects
  • Test theories
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Prepare reports and presentations
  • Collaborate with other social sciences professionals
  • Consult with and help people

Administrators, lawyers, teachers, and social workers alike all turn to sociological research to solve problems and form public policies...the same kind of research you'll be learning about as you pursue your degree in Applied Social Sciences.

Professionals in the field are responsible for maintaining client records, assisting and counseling clients, gathering information about clients, and collaborating with other professionals.

It's a rewarding and challenging career path.  If it sounds like the right one for you, fill out the form on the right and get started today.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. The Foundations of Modern Social Sciences and Strategic Planning and Application of Social Sciences are two of the awards you can receive as part of our Applied Social Sciences program. 

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CSU-Global's accredited online bachelor's degree in applied social sciences is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge in a wide range of interconnected fields. The program consists of 10 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor's degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less! 

  • ORG300: Applying Leadership Principles

    The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

  • SOC300: Working in Modern Society

    An analysis of the conditions and challenges faced by workers in contemporary society, including the meeting of both employer and individual expectations. Focus includes the balancing of numerous factors including personal life, job commitment, and career management. This course fulfills a general education requirement for social sciences.

  • HSM320: Human Development

    This course explores theories and research in human development. Topics include physical, language, intellectual, moral, personality, social, and emotional development as they relate to the human services professional.

  • COM305: Communication in the Global Information Age

    This course brings historical and theoretical perspectives to bear on the exploration of practices in the digital media environment. From interpersonal exchanges to organizational interactions to global culture, economy, and politics, the possibilities and practices associated with how digital media are influencing the world of communication will be explored. Finally, in this course students will examine the impact and implications digital media have on our contemporary communication approaches.

  • SOC310: Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.

    Survey of the historical and current issues related to race, gender, and ethnic relations found in practices and policies. Review of judicial, political and economic influences on organizational diversity management.

  • ORG303: Applied Organizational Psychology

    This course consists of a study of industrial/organizational psychology and its application in solving organizational problems and challenges. The course includes a balance between research, theory and application. Topics include developing psychologically healthy and productive workplaces, addressing contemporary organizational challenges, and best practices related to employee management and development. Upon completing this course students should be able to understand and explain industrial/organizational psychology applications in helping organizations fulfill their missions and objectives.

  • ITS325: Technology, Ethics, and Global Community

    The course provides an exploration of the relationships between science, ethics, and technology, and the understanding of their roles in the global community. Students will understand and apply cyber law to the global marketplace as well as provide examples of Internet business models and how they are impacted by patent law. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the relationship that exists between technology and ethics from a business perspective. Prerequisite: ITS310

  • SOC460: Community Development

    This course examines the various facets of community resource development and management. Emphasis is on planning and management strategies to guide organizations in community development projects, programs, and efforts. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • SOC470: Evaluation of Research and Theory in the Social Sciences

    The course aims to provide a foundation for relevant quantitative and qualitative analysis in the social sciences. Students will also gain an understanding of overarching historical aspects and related theories within the various disciplines of social science. Students will develop skills leading to the application of theories to investigate and solve problems in the social sciences. Students will be able to analyze various ethical and cultural social issues in multiple contexts.

  • SOC480: Capstone - Applying the Social Sciences

    This capstone course is the culmination of the applied social sciences academic experience. It serves to synthesize the knowledge gained from courses previously taken within the applied social sciences and prepares the graduate for further studies within the social sciences or a related career position. The course centers on the development of a senior level research paper grounded in relevant social science literature and research; the emphasis is on the integration and synthesis of knowledge acquired in previous courses.

  • SOC495*: Applied Social Sciences Practicum

    The practicum provides students with practical experience in organizations specific to applied social science. Each student will work under the direct supervision of a senior level professional at the workplace site. The purpose of the practicum is for students to apply and integrate what they have learned during the core courses of their applied social services programs. During the practicum, each student will be required to engage in discussions and assignments designed to demonstrate their ability to apply and integrate what has been learned through the practicum experience. The emphasis of the practicum will be on the student assuming a professional role within the organization. Students will complete their practicums over a period of eight weeks with a minimum of 80 hours of fieldwork completed during the course. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

*SOC495 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in organizations specific to applied social science. This course may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy.


You can customize your degree in applied social sciences by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest. A specialization is not required to complete a bachelor's degree, but it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to your professional goals and personal interests. 

Explore Your Specialization Options for Your B.S. in Applied Social Sciences:

  • Computer Programming

    Computer Programming specialization is aimed at non-computer science majors who would like to broaden their programming capabilities. Courses cover an entire spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.

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  • Criminal Forensics

    The Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.

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  • Criminal Justice Management

    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, the court system, corrections, forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Justice Management program provides advanced leadership skills to further one’s professional development in these areas.

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  • Criminology

    The Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.

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  • Data Management and Analysis

    The Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.

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  • Emergency Management

    While emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.

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  • Foundations of Accounting

    This program provides business principles and other applied skills in the area of accounting to assist professionals at all levels. In addition to accountants and CPAs, this program provides financial understanding for budget and cost analysts, payroll specialists, auditors, tax consultants, advisors, managers, and more.

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  • Healthcare Management

    The Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.

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  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

    The Hospitality and Tourism Management Specialization provides a foundation in key sectors and functions. Students will be prepared with a variety of practical skills and knowledge that may be applied directly to practice in this industry.

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  • Human Resources and Organizational Development

    Students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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  • Information Technology Management

    As technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.

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  • Information Technology Operations

    This program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.

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  • International Business

    The undergraduate specialization in International Business prepares students for international management career opportunities within multinational industries and organizations. Learners will gain an understanding of economic, legal, governmental, financial, and cultural issues related to international business.

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  • Marketing

    Students interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.

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  • Operations Management and Supervision

    The Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.

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  • Organizational Leadership

    If you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.

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  • Project Management

    Students interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.

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  • Public and Non-Profit Management

    Students interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.

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  • Public Relations

    Public relations specialists aim to generate a positive image for their clients by maintaining relationships with media professionals, developing campaigns, creating print and web-based materials, writing speeches, and managing digital media.

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  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    Students who have a desire to work with a start up business or manage their own entrepreneurial enterprises will gain the variety of skills necessary to be successful through this specialization.

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  • Strategic Communications

    Effective communication can increase efficiency and results in a wide array of professional positions. The Strategic Communication program improves both internal and external messaging, delivery, and comprehension for managers, consultants, marketing and public relations specialists, human resources, and more.

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Cost and Schedule


We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in education so our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state tuition, and tuition guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled. Find out how you can earn your online bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences for a fraction of the cost of other universities. 

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You might think becoming a “Renaissance Man” (or woman) through your online social sciences degree isn’t possible with your busy schedule, but with 100% online classes, you work and study when it’s most convenient for you.

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