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Bachelor of Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) looks at how people and society function and change.

The social sciences are a group of subjects focused around what influences people and society to act in a particular way and how these actions can be monitored and modified. The BSocSc suits independent thinkers with a curiosity about the world and the people who live in it.

The BSocSc offers contemporary and relevant areas of study such as employment relations, social policy, and environmental planning. Whatever your major, you will be examining contemporary issues from a social science perspective. You will be inspired by lecturers who are world-recognised researchers and whose findings inform their teaching, and you'll emerge with the skills, knowledge and motivation to make a difference to the world.

Research is a major requirement of the BSocSc and there are compulsory research papers within the degree. The research capabilities you develop through your BSocSc will be invaluable in any career that requires information gathering, analysis of complex issues, thorough reporting and informed decision-making.

BSocSc Benefits

  • Offers contemporary and relevant areas of study.
  • You can design your degree to suit your interests.
  • Especially suited to those enthusiastic about people, policy, planning and research.
  • You can learn how to carry out research in a range of areas and be well prepared for graduate study.

Majors

A second major can be selected in place of a supporting subject from the major subject list or from most subjects offered by other Faculties/Schools of Studies. Please consult with your Faculty/School of Studies to see how this can fit into your programme.

BSocSc Career Opportunities

  • Community Health Worker
  • Demographer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Employment Relations Advocate
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Iwi or Māori Resource Development Officer
  • Policy Analyst

Specialisations

There are several optional specialisations that are carefully designed to ensure you have a good mastery of a particular area of study. 

Within the Political Science major you may choose to specialise in: International Relations and Security Studies.

Within the Psychology major you may choose to specialise in: Psychology and Management.

Specialisations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish are available to BSocSc students of all majors.

Supporting Subject

You can choose your supporting subject from the list of majors, the subjects listed below or from most subjects offered by other Faculties/Schools of Studies.

Practical Experience

Some subjects provide the opportunity for you to undertake work placements, where you gain practical experience in applying what you have learned. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers work placements at 200 and 300 level.

Entry Requirements

You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Scholarships

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence School Leaver Scholarship, University of Waikato Academic Merit School Leaver Scholarship.

For more information, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/scholarships

Degree Structure

3 years - 360 points

This degree may also be taken as a conjoint. Find out more information on conjoint degrees.

Also delivered in partnership with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. For more information, visit http://uwt.waikato.ac.nz/

It is recommended that students include 100 level prerequisites for any compulsory papers in their chosen major(s) in the first year of their programme of study.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Major Supporting Subject Elective Papers
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Luke Elliott, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Environmental Planning / Political Science)

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