Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

BA in Social Science

Complete your bachelor's degree and rise to the next level in your career.

The Adelphi University online Bachelor of Arts in Social Science program provides students with the educational credential they need to earn their degree at an accelerated pace, 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 work or family life.

As a stand-alone degree or the academic foundation for post-graduate studies, the BA in Social Science online builds on your previous academic and professional success, allowing you to transfer up to 90 credits for prior learning and 60 credits for life experience.

Develop essential skills for the modern work environment, gain theoretical knowledge of human behavior and culture and learn how to apply this knowledge to real-world problems. Graduate with skills including:

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

These skills are marketable across an array of professions and prepare you for the rigors of graduate-level education in a range of disciplines.

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

Learn more about the on-campus BA in Social Science here.

Credit for Acadmeic and Life Experience

Students with previous college credit, no matter how long ago credits were earned, may be eligible to transfer up to 90 credits from a regionally accredited four-year college and up to 64 credits from a two-year institution. Many students are awarded credits for life experience including professional training, teaching, foreign language proficiency, entrepreneurship and volunteer activities. Qualified students may be permitted to apply up to 60 life experience credits toward their degree. Visit the curriculum page to learn more about transfer credit eligibility.

Dedicated Support

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. Whether you’re enrolled online or on campus, 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 bachelor’s degree and meet your academic and professional goals through a rewarding online or on-campus 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 Seasoned educators and accomplished practitioners who understand the needs of adult learners.
  • Career-Focused Curriculum Customize our flexible curriculum to align fully with your goals.
  • Personal Support Pair with a professional academic advisor who provides one-on-one guidance and support.
  • Advanced Learning Technology Immerse yourself in a supportive peer environment tailored to adult learners in an interactive online learning platform.
  • Credit for Academic and Life Experience Reduce the cost and time spent earning your degree with transfer and life experience credits.
  • Access to Resources 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.