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Nearly half of world leaders hold a social science degree*

Social Science explores big world issues, social change and lasting solutions. You'll study and debate some of society's most compelling challenges, along with the techniques to understand, analyse and solve them. It’s built around a tailored employability framework, so you’ll have the tools and experience to start building a successful and meaningful social science career, well before you graduate. You'll develop specialist knowledge in high-demand fields, selecting two majors from: social justice; global security threats; environmental sustainability; politics in Asia; economics; and media, communication and social change.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of society and be prepared to lead big changes.

*Academy of Social Science in Australia, 2017

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Study social science at Griffith

Unlock both sides of your brain

Most careers use one side of your brain. Logic or creativity. Analysis or insight. Reason or imagination. But our Bachelor of Social Science taps your whole potential and unlocks both kinds of smarts, so you can really help shape the future. You'll be prepared to meet the global demand for social scientists who can understand and help solve the biggest problems facing our modern, high-tech societies. If you’re fascinated by human behaviour but don’t want to be a psychologist, or are intrigued by science and how things work, but aren't interested in lab work, a career in social science could be for you.

Social science is the perfect intersection between the scientific and the social and offers a fulfilling and financially rewarding career across a wide range of industries.

Start building a successful, meaningful career from your first year

From the second week of study, you’ll focus on your future employability, developing an e-portfolio and a career action plan and be assisted into internships by a dedicated Placement Officer. There are also opportunities to join a global study tour. You can customise your degree with two majors and free choice electives, and you can study full time or part time across our Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. At Griffith, you get the opportunity to quench your thirst for knowledge and make a real difference by influencing and leading public policy and helping individuals, communities and society.

Career outcomes

Find lasting solutions to social issues

The Bachelor of Social Science is a flexible, versatile and practical degree that can position graduates for many different career opportunities.

44% of world leaders and 67% of CEOs of ASX200 companies hold a social science degree (Academy of Social Science in Australia, 2017) and numerous private sector and government agencies employ social science graduates, drawing on their skills in policy development, data analysis, communications, social research and advocacy. As a graduate, your expertise will be sought in many different settings, from the public service to community agencies, advocacy and lobbying organisations, social activism and international aid organisations. You'll embark on your career with the solid foundation required to work across various rewarding professions, including jobs in:

  • Social policy development
  • Politics
  • Environmental sustainability
  • International aid
  • Foreign affairs and trade
  • Education and training
  • Economic analysis
  • Media and communications
  • Information management
  • Non-government organisations
  • Social enterprise
  • Corporate strategy
  • Security intelligence

Lia Ribeiro De Noronha

“Not everyone gets to say that within the first five minutes of almost every class they are completely immersed, fascinated and empowered. The Bachelor of Social Science was described to me as a degree that would hone both my left and right brain skills; it provides me the opportunity to do just that as I study both STEM and humanities and arts symbiotically. People often forget that skills such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration are required across the board and this degree is providing me with learning opportunities to develop all of these.”

2017 School Captain, Indooroopilly State High

Harry Harding

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Career outcomes

Develop skills and strategies to find solutions to social issues

Social science is a flexible, versatile and practical degree that can position graduates for many different career opportunities

Numerous private sector and government agencies employ social science graduates, drawing on their skills in problem-solving, critical analysis, social research and advocacy. As a Griffith graduate, your expertise will be sought in many different settings, from the public service to community agencies, advocacy and lobbying organisations, social activism and international aid organisations. You'll embark on your career with the solid foundation required to work across various rewarding professions, including jobs in:

  • Advertising
  • Aid work
  • Education
  • Government
  • Media
  • Social policy analysis
  • Information management

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