Social Science and Public Service

Outline of puzzle pieces to make a circle.Do you have a desire to help others? There is an essential need for occupations focused on meaningful and direct work with communities and organizations. Social Science and Public Service majors focus on serving public interests through rewarding careers in planning, regulation, and administration at local, state and federal levels and so much more.

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Related Social Science and Public Service Degree Programs

Applied Social Research

Applied Social Research

There’s truth in numbers—how the world works and how valued you will be in your ability to understand them. With our Applied Social Research major you will be prepared to design, conduct, interpret, evaluate and present meaningful research to business and government organizations. And with an endless stream of data in almost every field, you will have career opportunities as an Economic and Data Consultant, Evaluation Specialist, GIS Analyst, Public and Private Market Researcher and so much more.

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Course Plan

Interested in learning what courses you will take as an Applied Social Research major? View the Applied Social Research recommended four year course plan.

Career Opportunities

  • Economic and Data Analyst
  • Evaluation and Assessment Specialist (businesses, financial institutions, city/state offices, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, marketing/survey research firms)
  • GIS Analysts and Technicians
  • Public and Private Sector researcher
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related fields

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Help guide the justice system, use new technology to uncover the truth and be the change in our communities. Our Criminal Justice degree offers you a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of crime, justice, corrections and policing, preparing you for a career in law enforcement, activism and within the legal system.

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Course Plan

Interested in learning what courses you will take as a Criminal Justice major? View the Criminal Justice recommended four year course plan.

Career Opportunities

  • Detective/Investigator
  • Hearing Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Probation/Correctional Officer
  • Security Manager/Guard
  • Park Office
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Emergency Training Educator
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related area

Forensic Investigation

Forensic Investigation

If you are interested in careers in law enforcement, you should consider completing a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation. Through courses in anthropology, criminal justice, geography, and computer information technology, you will become well equipped to compete in the job market. In particular, you will develop knowledge of expert testimony, evidence gathering, and introductory forensic science. This degree is offered through the Department of Justice and Community Studies and can be completed at Miami University’s regional locations.

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Course Plan

Interested in learning what courses you will take as an Forensic Investigation major? View the Forensic Investigation recommended four year course plan.

Career Opportunities

  • Crime Lab/Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Medical Examiner and Investigator
  • Latent Print Examiner/Trainee
  • Detective/Investigator
  • Fire Inspector
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Property and Evidence Personnel
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas

Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies

Context is key. Every organization must understand its surroundings— locally, nationally, globally. If you believe in bringing empathy and understanding to a business’s mission, we have a degree designed for you. You will use economic analysis to examine the nature of organizations operating within a global economy, develop the skills needed to manage people in diverse environments and think from multiple perspectives and learn to analyze similarities and differences in all forms of communication.

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Concentrations

Course Plan

Interested in learning what courses you will take as an Integrative Studies major? View the Integrative Studies recommended four year course plan.

Nonprofit and Community Studies

Nonprofit and Community Studies

Every community needs movers and shakers to revitalize downtown's, bring together government and business leaders and help connect the dots to a better, more sustainable future. Our Nonprofit and Community Studies degree will give you skills in administration, analysis, communication, and leadership to prepare you for a career with nonprofits, service agencies, local government, and philanthropic organizations. You will also get hands-on experience during a practicum place with a local organization.

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Course Plan

Interested in learning what courses you will take as a Nonprofit and Community Studies major? View the Nonprofit and Community Studies recommended four year course plan.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Development Specialist
  • Local Government Official
  • Nonprofit Organization Leader
  • Organizational Development Consultant/Director
  • Service Agency Coordinator
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas

Psychological Science

Psychological Science

As we live in a globally connected world, the study of behavior has never been more relevant. Our Psychological Science degree will give you the skills to study behavior, thoughts, and feelings, and prepare you for a career in Counseling, Human Resources, Mental Health, Market Research, Academia and so much more.

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Course Plan

Interested in learning what courses you will take as a Psychological Science major? View the Psychological Science recommended four year course plan.

Career Opportunities

  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Substance Abuse Technician
  • Department Manager
  • Human Resources Adviser
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Project Evaluator

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