Can I list my sociology degree on my resume as a bachelors in Social Science instead to make it sound better?

Issue:

Sociology is in fact a social science so would that be lying? Do you think it’ll make a difference whether it says sociology or social science? Does social science sound better than sociology?

Question :

Can I list my sociology degree on my resume as a bachelors in Social Science instead to make it sound better?

Best Solver (Answer):

Answer by Clueless but looking!
Bachelors degrees come in various content areas, for example: a B.A. is a Bachelor of Arts. For example, you can obtain a B.A. in Architecture, or B.A. in Education, or a B.A. in Sociology.
B.S. stands for a Bachelor in Science. A B.F.A is a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Each degree is issued with a standard notation. This is how you can honestly represent it on a resume.
If you earned a Bachelor of Arts IN Sociology, you can note it:

B.A. in Sociology
or
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology

But each title is designated and picked for a reason at your school. I would stay consistent with your school’s usage of the terms, since they have to meet certain requirements by state law in order to name it specific things. It’s possible that a Social Science degree might vary from a Sociology degree per state law.

3 thoughts on “Can I list my sociology degree on my resume as a bachelors in Social Science instead to make it sound better?”

  1. I asked a similar question to a career counselor just the other day! I majored in Psychology, which some call a liberal arts and some call a social science. Anyway, she told me to put down Bachelor of Arts- Psychology. However, she also told me to list any specific courses I took that could be transferable to any career. Courses like Statistics, Research Methods, Communications, etc. This way if I wanted a job in an area that wasn’t exactly in Psychology, I could still show that I had some knowledge in other areas that would benefit most companies. If I were you, I would put Bachelor of Science-Sociology, or Bachelor of Social Science- Sociology. Just a suggestion. Good Luck with your resume` and job hunting!

  2. Geez, why’s everyone so down on sociology these days? I always wished I’d had the time to take a couple of classes in it.

    Anyway, employers would much rather see a bachelors degree in a specific field than a general discipline. Saying that you studied “social science” doesn’t tell them anything about the kind of courses you took or how in-depth they were, whereas “sociology” at least demonstrates that you were able to commit to a study plan and took some higher-level courses. If you want to point out some other classes you took that you think they’d find more interesting, then list those under the degree as “relevant coursework.”

  3. I would just leave it as sociology. Everyone is familar with a sociology degree. Social science is going to look weird and it isn’t going to make you look better.

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