If you have a broad range of talents and interests, and making a positive global impact is your goal, consider Clarkson's undergraduate Social Documentation program. Offered jointly through the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication, Media and Design, the Social Documentation Double Major program combines a major such as History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences or Political Science with a major in Communication. This combination gives you a wide range of research skills and a concrete set of production skills, making you very marketable to future employers.

As a Social Documentation double major, you will produce portfolio pieces that explore your intellectual curiosities while demonstrating your ability to deliver in demanding job markets. Whether you are interested in producing oral histories from the under-represented or launching websites and online content that documents social issues, our curriculum creates the flexibility and course work you need to not only reach, but exceed your career goals.

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Social Documentation Careers

With an undergraduate bachelor's degree in social documentation, you will be prepared to begin your career in any of the following areas:

  • content creation for the public and private sector
  • social media advocacy
  • web-based education and outreach
  • web-based training content creation
  • support and outreach for NGOs
  • data visualization
  • employment with social justice organizations
  • digital content curation
  • public or private radio or television broadcasting
  • leadership in media-oriented firms
  • nonprofit creation and leadership
  • consultant work
  • museum installation work
  • geographic information systems (GIS) creation

Social documentation combines a major in communication with a major in one of our humanities and socials sciences majors, including history, humanities, interdisciplinary liberal studies, interdisciplinary social sciences and political science. Students from these majors have gone on to work for companies such as: AllianceBernstein, AmeriCorps, Epsilon, Johnson Controls, Message in a Bottle Productions and the NBA. They've also gone on to attend graduate school, work for law offices and local not-for-profits, and start their own companies. 

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Social Documentation Curriculum & Academic Options

Double Major in Social Documentation

The Social Documentation double major bachelor's degree program represents 67 of the 120 credits required for graduation. The remaining credits are earned in knowledge area electives combined with the Clarkson common experience. This flexibility allows you to explore your interests while earning your degree. Social Documentation majors take courses such as:

  • History of Social Documentation
  • Feature Film Screenwriting
  • The History and Art of Animation
  • Europe Through Film and Fiction
  • Sex and Commerce
  • Digital Design
  • Documenting Social Activism
  • Food and Society, or What to Think About What You Eat
  • Women and Religion
  • Environmental Policy
  • Introduction to Web Design 
  • Typography and Design

Social Documentation Major Curriculum

Related Minors

While Social Documentation is a double major, students can find time to also choose a minor to complement their educational experience even more. In particular, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers many unique minors, such as anthropology, gender & sexuality studies, international and cross-cultural perspectives, literature and the arts, philosophy, sociology and war studies. 

Anthropology Minor

Business Minor

Literature and the Arts Minor

Product Development and Marketing Minor

War Studies Minor

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Internships & Co-ops

As an undergraduate major in social documentation, you will have the opportunity to take on internships/co-ops in a variety of different roles. A few of these opportunities include working as a Title IX office intern, an intern at the Champlain College Emergent Media Center, an InVentiv Creative Studios intern and a Biodiversity Heritage Library resident (Harvard University).

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