College of Social Sciences

The courses offered by the College of Social Sciences aim to train students to think independently, critically, systematically and creatively. By encouraging them to develop an analytical approach, the different courses are thus directed towards providing students with the opportunity to analyze and assess human behavior in relation to spatial and temporal (including historical) aspects of its socio-cultural context. In this way, they will better appreciate the diversity of the world and the complexity of the human condition; and have a better understanding of human existence, focused on respect, tolerance, and morality.

In addition, we hope to inspire students by engaging them in empirical and qualitative research as a tool for explaining social phenomena. In this way, their research findings will be of benefit for policy development in the renaissance of Cambodia. Related to this is the aim of developing the students’ ability to analyze critically the foundations upon which cultural dimensions are built, and to communicate their ideas effectively.

To produce graduates who are familiar with various aspects of Cambodia and its place in the world; and with how to improve society's future evolution.


  • Development Studies (BA, MA)
  • International Relations (BA, MA)
  • Peace Studies (MA, PhD)
  • Political Science (BA, MA)
  • Public Administration (BA, MPA)
  • Public Policy (BA, MPP)

Undergraduate programs include:

  • Development Studies
  • International Relations
  • Peace Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

The University of Cambodia's Foundation Year Program for new undergraduates has been officially recognized by the Accreditation Committee of Cambodia. It comprises eight compulsory core courses (24 credits); together with two oriented courses (6 credits) relevant to the student's chosen major. The two oriented courses (3 credits each) for Social Sciences are taken from:

  • HIS105: Modern Western Civilization: The Humanities in Context
  • LAW102: Constitutional Law
  • INT201: International Relations in the Developing World
  • PST102: Humans Rights and Global Justice

Graduate programs include:

  • Development Studies
  • International Relations
  • Peace Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

Graduates from these programs can expect to find jobs in, for example, education, the media, and governmental and other organizations.

Students graduating with a degree in Social Sciences from The University of Cambodia will be:

  1. Confident in understanding and communicating in the English language;
  2. Well-prepared with an in-depth familiarity with their chosen subject-major;
  3. Competent in critical and analytical thinking;
  4. Flexible in outlook because of a rounded education outside their major; and
  5. Able to find and compete for jobs locally and abroad.



The Public Administration program aims to provide students with an understanding of theory and practice of management in the public sector; and thus to prepare students to take responsible positions in governmental organizations. 


Reflecting the common underlying principles for efficient organization and management, students doing a major in Public Administration attend the same core courses as those doing other majors in the College of Management (this also maximizes the graduate's flexibility when it comes to developing their careers). Thereafter, they can choose from a number of courses designed to give them insights into the particular problems associated with the routine running of the public sector and the rational implementation of policies.


Core Courses (3 credits each)

ACC101: Principles of Accounting

BUS101: Introduction to Business*

BUS201: Introduction to Management*

BUS202: Information Systems in Business*

BUS203: Business Law and Policy*

BUS304: Leadership Skills

ECN201: Principles of Economics

FIN201: Introduction to Financial Management

HRM201: Introduction to Human Resource Management*

MKT201: Fundamentals of Marketing

ORG201: Organizational Behavior*

ENG219: Business Communication*

* required for students studying for an Associate degree

Major Elective Courses (3 credits each; choose six)

FIN420: Public Financial Management

PAD201: Introduction to Public Administration*

PAD301: Public Personnel Administration

PAD302: Governmental Budgeting*

PAD303: Problems in Public Administration

PAD304: Government and NGO Accounting

PAD401: Public Project Management

PAD490: Public Administration Internship

PAD495: Public Administration Project Paper

PUB101: Introduction to Theories of Public Policy*

* required for students studying for an Associate degree