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2021 Best Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools

334 Colleges
$33,901 Avg Salary
$22,473 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree School for You

With 203,399 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, social sciences is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 334 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Social Sciences

#1

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Our analysis found Pomona College to be the best school for social sciences students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Pomona is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Claremont.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dartmouth College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Duke University is a great place for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Stanford University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Out of the 334 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#6

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

With a ranking of #7, Williams College did quite well on this year’s best schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #8 on this year’s Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#10

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

With a ranking of #10, Bowdoin College did quite well on this year’s best schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Brunswick.

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#11

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton.

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#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #12, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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#15

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston.

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#16

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#17

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for social sciences students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#18

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

With a ranking of #18, Amherst College did quite well on this year’s best schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#19

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#20

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#21

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#22

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Hamilton College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Clinton, Hamilton is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#23

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York ranked #24 on this year’s Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#25

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

With a ranking of #25, Saint Anselm College did quite well on this year’s best schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, St. Anselm College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#27

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#28

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#29

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#30

Barnard College

New York, NY
#31

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#32

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#33

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#34

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#37

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#38

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#39

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#40

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#41

Providence College

Providence, RI
#42

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#43

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY
#45

New York University

New York, NY

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Social Sciences students that almost earned our Best Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
52 Connecticut College New London, CT
53 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
54 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
55 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
56 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
57 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
58 Denison University Granville, OH
59 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
60 Northeastern University Boston, MA
61 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
62 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
63 University of Delaware Newark, DE
64 American University Washington, DC
65 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
66 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

Social Sciences by Region

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

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
General Social Sciences 19,694
International Relations & National Security 15,207
Anthropology 11,703
Criminology 9,783
Geography & Cartography 8,673
Other Social Sciences 2,729
Urban Studies 1,647
Sociology & Anthropology 543
Archeology 364
Demography & Population Studies 77
Rural Sociology 36

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Psychology 177,655
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

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 AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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