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What Can You Do with a Post-Graduate Degree in Human Science?

Different student learning outcomes are reflected in the interdisciplinary program curriculum of Human Science. All areas of study include developing student competence in the area of research and scholarship (i.e., cultural studies, women’s studies, etc.). Our hybrid programs, which combine distance learning with face-to-face conferences, produces graduates who:

Possess a comprehensive understanding of human science, so that they can:

  • articulate the relevant Human Science perspective on contemporary issues
  • derive and apply ethical principles from human science
  • make independent scholarly contributions

Develop an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of history, allowing them to:  

  • explain and reflect upon pre-modern, modern, and contemporary theories of knowledge and modes of inquiry
  • understand the research methods of different disciplines, and their advantages and limitations
  • identify and evaluate their own perspectives and assumptions

Promote interdisciplinary scholarship, including: 

  • developing an effective critique of naïve empiricism
  • describing the major human science approaches, including phenomenology, hermeneutics, structuralism, constructivism, and systems theory
  • applying theories and methods from different disciplines in an interdisciplinary context, in a way that is useful to practitioners
  • critically analyze both human science and other contemporary modes of inquiry, including critical theory, postmodernism, feminism, and multiculturalism

Engage others in effective measures to implement positive change, including:

  • communicating effectively across cultures and demonstrating sensitivity when working with individuals, groups, and organizations
  • using the perspective of the whole person, including social, economic, cultural, political, environmental, and religious context, to develop practical solutions
  • creating authentic relationships through appreciation of individual and cultural diversity

Human Science Graduates are Diverse:

Human Science graduates often go into teaching, but many work for non-profits, NGOs, and socially-conscious companies. You'll find them in:

  • consulting/coaching
  • conflict resolution and mediation 
  • restorative jJustice 
  • international group facilitation 
  • international relief
  • political and social activism 
  • entrepreneurship 
  • religion and spirituality 
  • public policy

A Human Science degree crafts a solid foundation for professional advancement in a broad range of occupations and organizations. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Schools and universities
  • Community health centers
  • Occupational therapy centers
  • Government
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Business
  • Youth development
  • Community service organizations
  • Media
  • Criminal justice system
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Community organizing
  • Public policy research
  • Think tanks

They work in fields including:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Mediation
  • Restorative justice
  • International group facilitation
  • International relief
  • Political and social activism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Public policy


For more information about our Human Science program, please e-mail admissions@saybrook.edu or call 800-825-4480.