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:

C. G.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
◈ At University of the Philippines Baguio
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying in the University of the Philippines is one of the best things that happens to any newly graduated high school student. The UP Education is the best in the country in all aspects, more importantly in academics and extra-curricular activities. Being a graduate of a public high school in the province, it was a glaring light for me to have been accepted in the most prestigious university in the Philippines. At first, it was quite difficult adjusting because of the notion that all UP students carry prestige and excellence in everything they do. Moreover, it was difficult for me to adjust as I didn't know anybody during my freshman year. However, after some months, I found some friends that would help me get by my difficulties in company and academics. As challenging as it may seem, I was able to pull it off and survive the college journey.

Given these excitement, challenge and enjoyments, I was able to carry on with my course and graduated with a degree of BA Social Sciences, Major in Social Anthropology. In this course, one needs hard work and enthusiasm to keep the fire burning. Interpersonal skills is a must in order to uphold the title of being a social scientist.

Lastly, being in the University of the Philippines, one is able to develop his/her critical thinking, problem solving and creativity as all subjects and aspects of your stay at the university exercises one's rationality, honor, and integrity.

list bulletMy current job: At present, I am a University Researcher in one of the academic institutions here in the region.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Being a researcher for five years now, all my knowledge and experiences during my college years are what practically make up my career now. Aside from my everyday experience, it is my upbringing in the university that defines who and what I am now.

All the research experience and the knowledge I gained in my Social Science subjects are being applied everyday. Being molded by the university through critical thinking, it is my rationalization that I use in every decision making that I make at present.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I found my first job just 4-5 months after my graduation. I personally planned this to take a break for some time before setting sail to my new journey as part of the country's work force.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Social Science: With all my experiences and knowledge, I recommend that new generation should look into taking up Social Sciences as their course in college. The subjects, the practice and the applications of the course would definitely develop a person's character and skills which could be used in the every day world.

In terms of employment opportunities, there is a wide-ranging market that caters graduates of Social Sciences. There is always the teaching career, social work, research undertakings and many other endeavors that could be fulfilling to a social science graduate. Opportunities in the country as well as outside open regularly. And if one does not end up working in a government agency or private institution, it is always good for a social science graduate to conduct and write researches, as this could give him/her an opportunity to reach out in other fields.
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