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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:

K. D.
◈ Studied AB Social Sciences
◈ At Ateneo de Manila University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Social Science: I found it really fascinating that the different ways of social connections between people hone societies and thus, give birth to different cultures, perspectives and interactions that set our uniqueness as a country.

list bulletAbout my college education: AB Social Sciences is a broad coarse that studies sociology, anthropology social statistics and social research in the scope of the social sciences. I learned a lot about the connections that people build through socializing with one another and the impacts and consequences of the actions of individuals and groups of people on the whole of society. Understanding and interpreting the works of Marx, Weber and many other great people were certainly difficult due to the fact that you have to view it from the perspective of the writer, interpret it according to the period it was written and find meaning that is relevant to your own reality.

The exams were not so difficult as studying this field requires subjectivity and one's own interpretation which cannot be thoroughly judged as correct or incorrect as compared to a "1+1=2" kind of question. We were not many in the course, it was not as popular as taking up business, which meant the professors had more time to focus on each and every student in our batch.

The traits and attitudes required to succeed is to keep an open-mind as well as to put oneself in another's shoes, looking for answers in different perspectives and thinking outside of the box that you were initially placed into.

list bulletMy current job: I am a market researcher and this is really what I am passionate about. First, for a British market research company and now for a German market research company. We deal with research studies that aim to answer specific business-related issues of our clients such as before they launch a product, the profile of their customers, what their customers want, need and will need in the future, their sales and strength as a brand, their positioning against competitors, etc. Market research aims to help clients grow their brands and sales through fact-based research straight from the market that answers their business issues.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I mainly used what I have learned in social statistics and research for my current and past jobs in market research. I also took other helpful courses in college such as presentation skills, which now helps me with my client presentations as well as organizations that I joined in the university which was the Ateneo Statistics Circle, it gave me hands-on experience on market research even before graduation.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Actually, I signed my first job contract 2 weeks before my graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Social Science: Employment opportunities will never run out for those who worked hard and put their hearts into their activities with a clear goal in mind. For AB Social Science graduates, you have a clear opportunity to enter into Human Resources, Administration, Social and Market Research but I do have course mates before who are now also product managers, logistics managers, studying law, studying film and so on.

As for the salary, it depends on the company but around Php 20,000 is possible and is a good start for entry level/fresh graduates.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Put yourself into it and immerse yourself in the lessons, apply theory to reality and you will achieve understanding whether it be in school, career or your personal life.
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