Social science

Social science

Central’s social science major offers the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in several disciplines, including history, economics, political science, sociology and psychology. The major provides a solid background for a variety of career options, and graduates have gone on to become social studies teachers, deputy sheriffs and youth leaders. The major offers you the opportunity to take courses across a number of areas, creating a customized plan of study that best suits your academic needs.


The Real World


Successful Careers

  • Science teacher, Pella Community Schools, Pella
  • Social studies teacher and basketball coach, North Central Community School, Manly, Iowa
  • Deputy sheriff, Davis County Sheriff Department, Bloomfield, Iowa
  • 9-12 special education teacher, West Des Moines Community Schools, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • 9-12 social studies teacher, St. Joseph School District, St. Joseph, Mo.
  • High school P.E. teacher, Grinnell High School, Grinnell, Iowa
  • Youth leader, Third Reformed Church, Pella


No matter what your interests, Central has student groups and organizations for you. Social science students may be interested in:

  • History Club
  • Sociology and Anthropology Club
  • Economics Club
  • Culture Club
  • Phi Alpha Theta (history)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science)
  • Mock trial
  • Political Science Club
  • Prelaw Club
  • Psi Chi (psychology)
  • Psychology Club
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Graduate Placement

Majors go on to graduate school in a number of fields, studying education, sociology and more. 


Social science students also gain experience through internships that prepare them for future employment or entrance into graduate school.

The Central Difference

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Central College Social Science Students


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Want to find out more about social science at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.