Social science

Academic disciplines concerned with society and the relationships between individuals in society

The social science disciplines are branches of knowledge taught and researched at the college or university level. Social science disciplines are defined and recognized by the academic journals in which research is published, and the learned social science societies and academic departments or faculties to which their practitioners belong. Social science fields of study usually have several sub-disciplines or branches, and the distinguishing lines between these are often both arbitrary and ambiguous.

Communication studies integrate aspects of both social sciences and the humanities. As a social science, the discipline often overlaps with sociology, psychology, anthropology, biology, political science, economics, and public policy, among others. From a humanities perspective, communication is concerned with rhetoric and persuasion (traditional graduate programs in communication studies trace their history to the rhetoricians of Ancient Greece). The field applies to outside disciplines as well, including engineering, architecture, mathematics, and information science.

Additional applied or interdisciplinary fields related to the social sciences or are applied social sciences include:

Some social theorists emphasize the subjective nature of research. These writers espouse social theory perspectives that include various types of the following:

Other fringe social theorists delve into the alternative nature of research. These writers share social theory perspectives that include various types of the following: