Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

BA in Social Science

Our versatile online BA in Social Science is a top choice for students who are ready to rise to the next level in their lives and careers.

The Adelphi University online Bachelor of Arts in Social Science program provides students with the educational credential they need to achieve their career goals—quickly, conveniently and affordably. This practical degree, offered in a supportive academic environment, helps adult learners advance personally and professionally without getting in the way of their regular jobs or family life.

As a stand-alone degree or the academic foundation for post-graduate studies, the BA in Social Science online helps you develop essential skills for today’s world. You gain theoretical knowledge of human behavior and culture and learn how to apply this knowledge to real-world problems. You graduate with skills including:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

These skills not only prepare you for the rigors of graduate-level education in a range of disciplines, they also are marketable across an array of professions.

The net value of a college degree over 40 years of employment is $400,000; it is one of the most lucrative investments a person can make.
College Board Education Pays 2016: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society

At the Adelphi College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS), we support you from the time you first inquire about a degree program to the time you graduate. Your personal enrollment counselor guides you through the admissions process. Prior to enrollment, the program’s academic advisor helps you map out the best educational route for achieving your goals and, upon enrollment, helps you navigate the entire Adelphi educational experience.

Our student-centered approach means you can successfully complete your degree and enjoy a rewarding online educational experience.

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Who Can Benefit

Our students typically are career-focused adult learners who are balancing multiple obligations. They want to complete their degree with minimal disruption to their life. They come from a range of professional backgrounds, but some may have little or no professional work experience. Most have completed some college coursework but may not have attended college recently.

Our students recognize that having no bachelor’s degree may be holding them back and are motivated to update and expand their knowledge and skills to realize their full potential in today’s academic and work environments.

Prospective students of the online bachelor’s in social science include:

  • Professionals who work in a variety of fields and want to become more marketable, advance their career and obtain higher earnings
  • Individuals who need a bachelor’s degree and academic preparation for a graduate degree.
  • Stay-at-home moms, dads and others who want to join or return to the workforce
  • Career changers
Though salaries can vary greatly depending on degree earned, the average annual salary is $59,124 for an American with a bachelor’s degree and $69,732 for an individual with a master’s degree.

Program Benefits

  • Access to Faculty Our faculty are seasoned educators and accomplished practitioners who understand the needs of adult learners and provide personalized instruction.
  • Career-Focused Curriculum Our flexible curriculum can be customized to align fully with your goals.
  • Personal Support You are paired with a professional academic advisor who provides one-on-one guidance and support throughout the program.
  • Advanced Learning Technology Our interactive online learning platform fosters a comfortable and supportive peer environment for adult learners and helps them develop and hone their technological skills.
  • Streamlined and Affordable We accept both transfer and life experience credits, reducing costs and expediting degree completion for many students.
  • Access to Resources You benefit from a vast array of online services and resources including:
    • Individual tutoring and other support services through both the University’s Learning Center and Writing Center
    • Access to Adelphi’s Swirbul Library, including personal resource librarians whom you can text, call, email or chat for research assistance — even late at night
  • Flexible Admissions No SAT is required for admission
College graduates earn about $20,000 a year more than workers who have completed only a high school degree.
College Board Education Pays 2016: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society

Career Landscape

The BA in Social Science degree can be a stepping stone to a variety of career paths. Since so many professions require the ability to both understand and modify human behavior and gather, interpret and gain insights from data, employers in fields ranging from K-12 education to operations seek professionals with a social science background. Though additional education and experience may be required, PayScale’s 2018 salary report highlights a range of high-paying jobs for professionals in the social sciences, including data science, management consulting, intelligence analysis and more.

Some of the most common positions for individuals with a BA in Social Science include:

  • Human Resources (HR) Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • High School Teacher

If you decide to pursue more advanced education after earning your undergraduate degree in social sciences, the career landscape becomes even more diverse. For example, the top position highlighted in PayScale’s salary report linked above is data scientist.

About the College of Professional and Continuing Studies

Since 1974, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS) has been providing nontraditional students with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to advance academically and thrive professionally. CPCS supports student success across education levels by offering flexible learning options, small class sizes and other innovations. Our degree, non-degree, and continuing education programs have expertly prepared more than 7,000 CPCS graduates for careers in business, social services, health care, law, education and the humanities.