Bachelor of Arts in Social Science


Program Description

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

All students in the Social Science major take a set of common core courses designed to introduce them to the elements of theory and methodology in the Social Sciences, in addition to an exploration of various issues and aspects of the modern world. They are also expected to conduct some independent research and write a dissertation in the chosen subject area. Students also have the opportunity to attend and help organize MUIC Social Science conferences and to participate in seminar discussions. The whole program is subject to regular review so that course materials and content can be improved. Critical and original thinking are encouraged and a consultative relationship between faculty members and students is fostered.

MUIC is a multicultural institution of higher learning inasmuch as faculty and students come from the Southeast Asian region and around the world. Courses are conducted in English by full-time, part-time and visiting experts in international affairs. Student participation and critical thinking are encouraged in pursuing specialized research interests as well as through their undergraduate studies.

The Social Science Major offers three concentrations, International Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Modern World History, in addition to minors in International Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Modern World History, and Psychology.

Concentration in International Studies

The International Studies concentration offers students an introduction to selected aspects of contemporary world affairs. Students have the option to choose from a range of courses within specific areas of study which are: International Relations, Global Society and Economy, Comparative Studies and selected Area Studies. All International Studies students are also given a general introduction to modern world history.

International Studies program majors have the opportunity to access the diverse region of Southeast Asia, applying their knowledge and involving themselves in academic activities. In their final year of study, students seeking careers in International Relations can also apply for a number of International Organization internships, NGO and INGO internship programs as well as Public Sector internships.

Concentration in Southeast Asian Studies

MUIC has a well-established undergraduate degree program in Southeast Asian Studies. A broad range of course offerings provide students with a specialized knowledge of regional history, politics, economy and cultural affairs. The College also provides training in an expanding selection of Southeast Asian languages.

Southeast Asian Studies program majors have ample opportunity to explore Thailand and the region. In their final year of study, students seeking careers in Southeast Asia can also apply for a number of NGO and INGO internship programs. In an effort to increase student diversity, the College has several scholarship programs, including one for Southeast Asian nationals.

Concentration in Modern World History

The Modern World History concentration provides students with an introduction to world history in the modern period (c. 1450 to the present). Students can choose to focus their studies choosing courses within areas of Comparative History, Asian Studies, European and Russian Studies and Studies of the Americas (Latin and North America). Some courses on other world regions are currently being prepared and will be offered in the near future.

Career Opportunities

Apart from acquiring knowledge in their subject areas, Social Science majors are trained in the critical analysis of ideas, enabling them to analyze, evaluate and correlate new information and apply theory to practice. That knowledge and those skills are applicable in a variety of work settings. Careers which may be of particular interest to Social Science graduates include international business, international and non-governmental organizations, journalism and the media and higher education, both in teaching and administration. The Social Science undergraduate degree also provides an excellent basis for many high degrees, including International Relations.

Admissions Requirements

For Regular Applicants

Applicants must complete high school (M.6) certificate or its equivalent as issued by the Ministry of Education, Thailand.
Applicants must demonstrate English competence: a TOEFL score of 79 or above, an IELTS (academic band) score of 6.0 or above, a SAT1 score of 1650 with a Math score of at least 580.

Applicants are required to sit for a written examination including English (ITP TOEFL and Writing), Mathematics, General Science and Current Affairs. If they are successful with the written exam, they will be invited for an interview.

Note: Applicants whose English language skills are not sufficient for immediate acceptance may be advised to study in the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics (PC). Applicants who successfully complete the PC requirements will be eligible for acceptance to the regular MUIC study program in the following trimester. MUIC also offers an “Intensive English Program” course for students preparing to take the college’s English entrance examination.

For International Applicants

Interested international candidates may apply 3 times a year through the Admission Section. Applicants must have already completed their high school education or equivalent to high school as issued by the Ministry of Education, Thailand.

If the school certificate/diploma is not in the English language, a certified English translation of the document must be arranged and forwarded to the Ministry of Education in Thailand to see if it is acceptable.

Candidates who are not native English speakers have to submit a TOEFL score (IBT score of at least 79 with a score of at least 25 in writing) or IELTS score (6.0 or above with writing 6.0) or SAT score (1,650 with a Math score of 580 or above).

Once candidates are officially accepted as full-time students, they are required to sit for English writing and Math placement tests in order to see which level they can register for.

Application Schedule for SY 2012-2013

Application Schedule

For International Applicants (Academic Year 2013-2014)

First Entry

Application Period

May 1 – June 30, 2013

Announcement Date

July 29, 2013

Instruction Begins

September 16, 2013

Second Entry

Application Period

August 1 – September 30, 2013

Announcement Date

November 4, 2013

Instruction Begins

January 6, 2014

Third Entry

Application Period

December 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014

Announcement Date

February 17, 2014

Instruction Begins

April 21, 2014


All new overseas full-time students must report to the Office of Admissions.

The application schedules are subject to change.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Nutthaboon Pornratthanacharoen


Call: +66818286209

Last updated Feb 2018

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In March of 1986, the Mahidol University Council officially endorsed the formation of a new international bachelor degree program, the first of its kind at a public university, designated at that time ... Read More

In March of 1986, the Mahidol University Council officially endorsed the formation of a new international bachelor degree program, the first of its kind at a public university, designated at that time as the International Students Degree Program (ISDP). Six months later, in September of l986, the program welcomed its first class of students. The beginning was a modest one – as most beginnings usually are. The facilities were situated on the second floor of the MU Social Science and Humanities Building, with 45 students, two full-time and 20 part-time instructors, a four-member support staff, seven major offerings in the Sciences and Travel Industry Management – and an abundance of hope and determination. During its initial years, ISDP grew and flourished, so much so that it eventually required its own separate facilities. In 1992 ISDP officially dedicated its new building, which accommodated 486 students, and introduced two additional majors in Business Administration and Food Science and Technology. The year 1996 constituted an important milestone. With approval from the Mahidol University Council, ISDP was officially designated Mahidol University International College (MUIC), giving it the full weight and stature of a faculty. Two years later, a six-story complex was completed in order to accommodate over 1,000 students. A new managerial style was introduced, in addition to an expansion of academic offerings, additional internships, including the Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Training Center, a pre-college program and the formation of offices that addressed both student and alumni needs.
 Over the ensuing years, there were additional developments in the college’s academic, physical and social landscapes: an ever-increasing student enrollment, new major programs, the promotion of a vibrant student exchange program and a further expansion of its physical facilities, including an eight-story extension. After 26 years, MUIC currently offers 19 undergraduate majors and 22 minors in the Arts, Sciences, and Management, along with two master degree programs, for approximately 3,200 students. Furthermore, the college is anticipating even greater student enrollments in the future. It has recently commissioned the construction of a new building, to be completed in 2015. With this new addition, MUIC will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students. Meeting the challenges of our new world order will require continued resilience and innovation. The journey that began over two decades ago is far from over as Mahidol University International College continues to commit its full resources and energies to the pursuit of academic excellence. For more information, please contact: Mr. Nutthaboon Pornratthanacharoen Email: Call: +66818286209 Read less