Social Sciences

Social Sciences Fundamentals

Students interested in the social sciences have the option to pursue a degree within any one of our social science departments (economics, geography and planning, history, political science, psychology or sociology), a Social Sciences Divisional major, or the increasingly popular PPE track, which is described below. A degree in the Philosophy, Political Science and Economics track (PPE) trains students in three interrelated and versatile fields of inquiry.

  • Comprehensive curriculum covers a wide variety of topics, including:
    •  ethics
    • logic
    • political research and thought
    • economic analysis
    • microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • Social sciences students learn how to:
    • analyze and interpret written material carefully
    • organize and present ideas and information in a clear and persuasive manner
    • evaluate alternative ideas as well as research problems

Professional Preparation

  • Coursework provides a strong foundation to pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including law and medicine.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • win teaching awards
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning 

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

The Departments of Philosophy, Political Science and Economics offer many opportunities to augment classroom learning with research experiences.

PPE majors may participate in the Oxford University’s summer study-abroad program.

Real-word Experience

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary. Depending on your professional interest, you might consider a co-op assignment in the legal profession, schools, or government.

Social Sciences Student Organizations 

Interact with other social sciences students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary)
  • Pre-Law Club
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Associated Student Government
  • Philosophy Club
  • Economics Club
  • Financial Management Association

Curriculum Guide


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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

Graduates with a degree in social sciences — philosophy, political science and economics (PPE) — have combined the knowledge and skills gained from each field. They do well in such fields as:

  • medicine
  • management and personnel
  • investments
  • journalism
  • education
  • government and foreign service
  • religion
  • social studies
  • business
  • arts

Career Outlook

Opportunities are growing the fields of political science, philosophy and economics. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees. 

A&S Careers Program 

Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
  • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
  • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
  • department-specific mentoring arrangements

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