Undergraduate Admissions

Social Sciences

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Explore human behavior and history.

Understand the forces that shape the world and find the career that calls to you.

Social Science majors study how human behavior is organized and how it changes over time. You’ll explore archaeology, anthropology, geography, history, political science, and sociology and be prepared for success in graduate school, law school, management, and other professions.

Map and model migration. Analyze household food and water consumption. Research Geographic Information Systems partnerships. Do fieldwork alongside faculty and grad students using current technological tools and scientific techniques.

The Policy, Law, and Society concentration trains you to analyze the legal, political, and economic aspects of societal issues and use evidence-based arguments to develop your own positions. You develop analytical communications skills that prepare you for a wide spectrum of potential careers in public, private, and social sectors. You'll be ready for jobs in government, business, or non-profit fields—and have a strong foundation for law school or graduate school.

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

  • Conduct your own undergraduate research project through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
  • Partner with students in civil engineering to explore the renovation of the 1880’s fire hall that was Michigan Tech’s first classroom.
  • Participate in a competitive mock trial program where two teams present all aspects of a regular trial, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments.
  • Work closely with nationally-known faculty to cross disciplinary boundaries for more innovative thinking.
  • Conduct field research during the archaeology summer field school, where you’ll work alongside faculty and graduate students.
  • Travel to law schools around the country with the Law Club.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Law
  • Student Affairs Coordination
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Hazard Communication Specialization
  • Intelligence Analysis

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • Government agencies
  • Graduate and law schools
  • Schools and universities
"The classes in my major focus on political science and international relations. This year, I'm studying language and culture in Japan." Trenton Woodcox; Policy, Law, and Society, 2018 study abroad scholarship recipient

Customize your Degree:

Concentration available in:

  • Policy, Law, and Society

Minors available in:

  • American Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • International Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Social and Behavioral Studies

Take Courses Like:

  • Histories and Cultures
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Policy and Politics
  • Technology and Western Civilization
  • Social Problems
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Cyber-Law and Policy

Learn more about social sciences at Michigan Tech!