AB in Social Science in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts major in Social Science program (AB-SS) uses sociology, economics, geography, politics, history, anthropological and geography to study specific cultural and geographical areas in the Philippines and Asia. The AB-SS program equips graduates with knowledge and skills in the administration and development of communities, housing, cooperatives, urban and rural planning.

The AB-SS program aims to produce graduates who are competent for careers in teaching, research, advocacy works and policy studies.

Admission requirements for AB in Social Science program in the Philippines


  • Must have the original and photocopy of the high school report card (form 138)
  • Must have recommendation from High school principal and guidance counsellor
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the college entrance examination
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of the honourable dismissal
  • Must have a copy of the high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

Duration of AB in Social Science program in the Philippines


The AB-SS program takes 4 years to complete.

Subjects included in the AB in Social Science program


  • Governance of Indigenous community organisations
  • Counselling in the alcohol and other drug sector
  • Introduction to alcohol and other drugs misuse
  • Practices and skills in community development
  • Policy and prevention in the AoD sector
  • Principles and practices of treatment
  • Sports planning and development
  • Responding to community issues
  • Models and theories of drug use
  • Foundations of leisure services
  • Sociology of sport and leisure
  • Networking and collaboration
  • Working with special group
  • Working with communities
  • Introduction to counselling
  • Public communications
  • Facility management
  • Sports management
  • Event management
  • Concepts of justice
  • Social analysis
  • Advocacy

What are the career opportunities for graduates of AB in Social Science in the Philippines?


  • Social Welfare Officer
  • Social Science Instructor
  • Social Worker
  • Information Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Executive
  • Relations Officer
  • Academician
  • Researcher

Reviews of AB in Social Science graduates:

G. M.
◈ Studied BA Social Science
◈ At University of the Philippines Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout my college education: Our course back then was basically one of the four pioneer courses that UP Min established primarily to prepare the students towards eventually aiding the people of Mindanao. It was interesting knowing society in a macro level and in a sense micro as most of our laboratory works were applied in the surrounding community of the College. It was challenging and sometimes frustrating as it was in the experimental stage during our batch. We were tagged as lab rats as the administration would adjust every semester to the difficulties, failures and mishaps the program had caused. Eventually, the course was dissolved or shall I say replaced by BA Anthropology in the year 2006 as it was very wide in scope, an issue that I personally experienced and have wanted so much to express to the Chancellor then.

If the course was still present now, I believe the skill a student must possess to succeed in it is to have a good sociological imagination or the ability to feel, understand, analyze and in essence be part of the society that you are studying but doing all of it in an objective manner. Another is for you to have the patience and the discipline in reading lots of materials. Being open minded is also one thing as one has to learn different theories and ideologies which may not be consistent with one's beliefs.

list bulletMy current job: I'm an Assessment Psychologist

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In a way it has allowed me to have a dual perspective that I use in my present career. I'm into psychology. Psychology deals with a person as an individual person and as a part of a bigger society. My course helped me in understanding more of the latter.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A month after.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Social Science: I'd say yes as there are companies with offices for their Social Responsibility programs and Social Science degree holders are more equipped in manning this department.

In terms of salary, it may also compete with other careers, though high compensation are most likely to be found in internationally funded projects.
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