What are the Social Sciences subject areas?

What are the Social Sciences subject areas?

New entrants to universities usually want to study for a degree in a single subject area such as Politics, Geography or Management and are often confused by the term 'Social Sciences' and where it fits in with 'Subjects' and this is explained below.

The social sciences form a group of related subject areas within which teaching, learning and research combine to help understand and improve the activities that make up 'society'.

A group of related subject areas is usually called a College and in the case of the group of social sciences subject areas at Glasgow, the College of Social Sciences.


Social Sciences subject areas at the University of Glasgow

Social Sciences subject areas at the University of Glasgow

These subject areas are the core Social Sciences subject areas. You are not limited to taking courses in just these subject areas. You will find out more about additional courses in the section on 'Structure of the Honours MA (Social Sciences) degree'

Here is the list of our Social Sciences subject areas:


Other Useful Information

Other Useful Information

Teaching and research in Social Sciences Subjects are usually the responsibility of a School and/or Subject within the College of Social Sciences.

However Geography and Psychology are not subjects within the College of Social Sciences.  The School of Geographical & Earth Sciences and the School of Psychology are located in the College of Science and Engineering. However, they teach their subject areas to students on the MA (Social Sciences) degree programme. If you are to become an MA (Social Sciences) undergraduate student, you can think of them as Social Sciences subjects.

Some MA (Social Sciences) students also choose to include in their degree programme courses from other College of Social Sciences degree courses such as Accounting & Finance or from other Colleges such as the College of Arts or the College of Science and Engineering.

Recommended Subject sites

Central & East European Studies, Economic & Social History, and Public Policy that teach some of the MA (Social Sciences) core subjects are interesting and enjoyable areas of learning. Please visit these Web sites where you will find out about the content of the different courses they teach, the people who teach them and the other important activities that take place. When you visit their sites, look for the sections on undergraduate study and information for students, in particular.