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Social Science

The Social Science Department has the flexibility to accommodate students with varied career interests, preparing you for non-profit or public service positions, and graduate school as well.

All students within the Social Science Department complete an internship as part of their academic experience with top organizations, such as local government branches and departments, schools, social service agencies and more. Many of our students find full-time careers with these organizations after graduation.

Our social science majors are also encouraged to travel out-of-state and abroad as part of their experience. Past travel experiences have included study in Ireland, Greece, Rome, England, India, Japan and Ghana as well as in Maine, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

As part of the curriculum, you’ll have opportunities to pursue independent research. Exploring your field of study through research allows you to gain hands-on experience, work with our outstanding faculty, prepare for graduate school or get a head start on your career.

Questions? Reach out to our admissions team at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

Exciting Courses
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Aging in America
  • Counseling
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • World History
Social Science Professional Organizations and Clubs
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Gerontology Club
  • Phi Alpha Theta (honor society for history majors)
  • Middle Ground (helping to enhance the lives of foster youth)
  • Psych Club
  • Archivist – $48,400
  • Corrections officer – $44,400
  • Forensic science technician – $58,230
  • Lawyer – $120,910
  • Police officer or detective – $63,380
  • Psychiatrists – $220,000
  • Psychologist – $79,010
  • Social worker – $49,470

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov and Indeed.com. Some occupations may require advanced degrees.


* Minor Only / ** Major or Minor

We need psychologists. Our society will always need people with an understanding of the issues that our psychology majors learn. For example, the number of people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease will triple within the next 45 years. We will need a lot of graduates who know how to support these folks, and that is just one example. Psychology majors are good all-arounders.

John Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology