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AB in Social Science in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts major in Social Science is a four-year program that uses sociology, economics, geography, politics, history, anthropology, and geography to study specific cultural and geographical areas in the Philippines and Asia as a whole. It equips graduates with knowledge and skills in the administration and development of communities, housing, cooperatives, urban, and rural planning. The program aims to produce graduates who are competent for careers in teaching, research, advocacy work, and policy studies.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Social Science are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Governance of Indigenous community organizations
  • Introduction to alcohol and other drugs misuse
  • Practices and skills in community development
  • 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
  • Public communications
  • Facility management
  • Sports management
  • Event management
  • Concepts of justice
  • Social analysis

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Social Science are expected to be able to:

  • Explain concepts and theories of social science accurately and thoroughly
  • Apply the competency in research when it comes to designing, implementing, and assessing social programs and projects
  • Analyze and solve social problems and issues
  • Effectively communicate ideas
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of social science

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in universities, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. 

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The AB in Social Science does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities


Graduates of AB in Social Science may pursue a career path in universities, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. They may apply as a social welfare officer, social science instructor, social worker, information specialist, human resources specialist, academician or a 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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