Social Science: Robert Morris University Social Science | Robert Morris University


RMU’s Social Science offering develops reasoning, mathematical and communications skills, and a comprehensive knowledge of the social sciences in order to prepare you for a rewarding career.

Our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, and counselors.

In addition to reasoning, mathematical and communications skills, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • A patient, caring attitude and a sense of responsibility in a professional situation.
  • An understanding of the social sciences and an ability to integrate this understanding with their intellectual, social, personal and professional growth.
  • An ability to deal with human relationships and personal development in the context of the society in which they exist.

Social Science Career Options

Graduates qualify for entry-level positions in social and welfare occupations. This program also prepares students for positions in areas that require a strong social science background, including management, sales, marketing or human resources, or for graduate study in sociology, economics, law, history, political science, psychology and other related areas.

Graduates with a B.A. degree are likely to seek positions that require writing, listening and presentation skills, such as interviewers, non-licensed counselors in social services agencies and training and development specialists. The B.A. also provides the option of studying secondary education, which allows students to teach social studies in grades 7-12.

Graduates with a BS degree are able to seek positions that require a high level of business knowledge and/or quantitative reasoning skills. They are likely to pursue positions in management or human resources as administrative or research assistants and as junior research analysts or statisticians.

Sample Business/Industry Job Titles
Bank manager, child care provider, counselor, environmental researcher, interpreter, parole officer, police officer, politician, social worker, teacher/professor.

2010 Average Yearly Salary for Social Sciences (from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)


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2009 RMU Salary Survey

Range: $28,000 - $40,000

Mean: $34,000 (based on three or fewer responses)


Below is a typical four-year course of study for social science students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading & Writing Strategies Argument and Research
Principles of Macroeconomics Principles of Microeconomics
Humanities: Art and Music U.S. History II
Science elective Fundamentals of Info. Systems
U.S. History I Reasoning/Applications
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking and Persuasion Principles of Sociology
Professional Communications Amer. National Goverment
World Civilizations I Child Psychology
Statistics History elective
General Psychology General elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Intro to Antrhopology Developing World
World Geography American Foreign Policy
Cont/Comp. Poli. Systems     Cont. Amer. Social Problems
Psychology elective                       General elective
Political Science elective General elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Social Science Practicum Senior Thesis
Sociology elective Psychology elective     
History elective         General elective
General elective General elective
General elective General elective


At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

Internship Employers:
City of Pittsburgh, Head Start, Kane Regional Center, The Linsly School, Office of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Uptown Community Action Group.

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. This is completed through the integration of internships and practicums, which provide real-world experiences for all majors. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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