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Study human behavior, and learn to examine groups, cultures, and social institutions.

With the right training, you’ll be able to apply your understanding of social perspectives to structures in nearly any professional role.

In the Applied Social Sciences specialization, you’ll learn about interpersonal communication, building teams, and cultivating working relationships. Gain the skills you need for roles that depend upon analytical reasoning, decision-making, and managing or maintaining relationships or company culture. This specialization is particularly helpful for those who are interested in working in public, private, and community settings.



This program consists of five lower-division courses, for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PMG320 Public Policy and Strategy
    An analysis of the development, implementation and evaluation of public policy and strategy. Study includes influences of administrative, legislative and judicial legal perspectives, as well as accountability to citizens and governing boards.
  • 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.


A specialization in Applied Social Sciences pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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