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2021 Best General Social Sciences Schools

156 Colleges
$31,665 Avg Salary
$22,423 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Social Sciences School for You

General Social Sciences is the #63 most popular major in the country with 19,694 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best General Social Sciences Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 156 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best General Social Sciences Schools in the United States

Check out the social sciences programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best General Social Sciences Schools

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Our analysis found Vanderbilt University to be the best school for general social sciences students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Social Sciences Schools list. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, social sciences majors at Harvard accumulate an average of around $15,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best General Social Sciences Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Johns Hopkins University is a great place for general social sciences students. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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#5

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

The excellent programs at Colgate University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general social sciences schools in the United States. Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general social sciences students. It came in at #6 on the list. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, social sciences majors at Boston U accumulate an average of around $58,702 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $684, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general social sciences students. It came in at #11 on the list. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

While working on their degree, social sciences majors at UChicago accumulate an average of around $41,870 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $488.

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#12

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University ranked #12 on this year’s Best General Social Sciences Schools list. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#13

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa Junior College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best General Social Sciences Schools ranking. SRJC is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Santa Rosa.

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#14

New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #14 on this year’s Best General Social Sciences Schools list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, social sciences majors at NYU accumulate an average of around $28,812 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $299.

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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best General Social Sciences Schools ranking. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

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Thomas Edison State University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Located in the city of Trenton, TESU is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that social sciences majors at TESU take out is $14,141. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $147.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general social sciences students. It came in at #17 on the list. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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#18

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general social sciences students. It came in at #18 on the list. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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#19

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University ranked #19 on this year’s Best General Social Sciences Schools list. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Washington State University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a very large student population.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general social sciences programs. Ramapo College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Mahwah.

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#22

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY

With a ranking of #22, Union College New York did quite well on this year’s best schools for general social sciences students. Located in the small city of Schenectady, Union College Schenectady is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus ranked #23 on this year’s Best General Social Sciences Schools list. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Social Sciences students that almost earned our Best General Social Sciences Schools award.

Rank College Location
24 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
25 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
26 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
27 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
28 Denison University Granville, OH
29 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
30 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
31 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

General Social Sciences by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

General Social Sciences is one of 13 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Social Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
International Relations & National Security 15,207
Anthropology 11,703

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Manfred Werner (Tsui).

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