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2021 Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

334 Colleges
$16,215 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$33,901 Avg Salary

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 Value Social Sciences Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 334 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value bachelor's degree programs for social sciences students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

Check out the social sciences bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Bachelor's in Social Sciences

Our 2021 rankings named Brigham Young University - Provo the best value school in the United States for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at South Dakota State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value social sciences schools in the United States. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Brookings.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Dakota State are $12,589 per year.

South Dakota State also claimed a spot on our Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Wisconsin - River Falls. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UW - River Falls is a medium-sized public school located in the town of River Falls.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UW - River Falls are $15,610 per year.

UW - River Falls also claimed a spot on our Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SIUE are $11,265 per year.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value social sciences schools in the United States. Located in the distant town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Whitewater are $16,416 a year.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UW - Stevens Point are $16,974 per year.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the city of Mankato.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato also did well on our Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public school with a fairly large student population.

UMN Duluth undergraduate students pay an average of $18,880 in tuition and fees each year.

UMN Duluth also claimed a spot on our Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#9

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

With a ranking of #9, SUNY Cortland did quite well on this year’s best value schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the distant town of Cortland, SUNY Cortland is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SUNY Cortland are $18,716 per year.

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Framingham State University

Framingham, MA

With a ranking of #10, Framingham State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Framingham, Framingham State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Framingham State undergraduate students pay an average of $17,180 in tuition and fees each year.

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Missouri State University - Springfield 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 #11 on the list. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Missouri State are $15,898 a year.

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#12

Lehman College

Bronx, NY

Lehman College 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 #12 on the list. Lehman is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Bronx.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Lehman are $15,360 a year.

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SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

With a ranking of #13, SUNY Oneonta did quite well on this year’s best value schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the town of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

SUNY Oneonta undergraduate students pay an average of $18,650 in tuition and fees each year.

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Northern Illinois 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 #14 on the list. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NIU are $14,610 per year.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a large student population.

UW - La Crosse undergraduate students pay an average of $17,946 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UW - La Crosse is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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#16

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

With a ranking of #16, University of Northern Iowa did quite well on this year’s best value schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. UNI is a large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNI are $21,222 a year.

UNI also claimed a spot on our Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Western Illinois 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. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WIU are $12,940 per year.

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University of North Alabama ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UNA is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Florence.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UNA are $20,220 per year.

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California State University - Fullerton ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Cal State Fullerton is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fullerton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cal State Fullerton are $18,804 per year.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice 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 #20 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, John Jay is a public school with a large student population.

John Jay undergraduate students pay an average of $15,420 in tuition and fees each year.

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#21

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NAU are $17,785 per year.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the large city of Tampa.

USF Tampa undergraduate students pay an average of $17,324 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

Eastern Michigan University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree social sciences programs. Located in the suburb of Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan are $13,758 a year.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UW - Eau Claire is a large public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

UW - Eau Claire undergraduate students pay an average of $17,115 in tuition and fees each year.

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#25

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

With a ranking of #25, Saint Cloud State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for social sciences students working on their bachelor’s degree. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud.

St. Cloud State University undergraduate students pay an average of $16,948 in tuition and fees each year.

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

#29

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN
#30

Hunter College

New York, NY
#31

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#32

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#33

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA
#36

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY
#38

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#38

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#41

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#44

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#45

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA
#47

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#48

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#48

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
51 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
51 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
53 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
53 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
53 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
56 Florida International University Miami, FL
56 Queens College Queens, NY
58 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
58 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
58 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
61 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
62 The City College of New York New York, NY
63 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
63 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
65 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
65 Stanford University Stanford, CA
65 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH

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 26 schools only.

  • 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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