About the course

The Social Sciences undergraduation course has the mission of training professionals with a solid humanist base and competence for the practice of social research.

The course demands reading and theory and, at the same time, develops practical research methodology skills.

The student benefits from the interdisciplinary environment of the Center for Research and Documentation in the History of Contemporary Brazil (CPDOC) and from the experience of the institution's professors in teaching, research and documentation.

Enrollment for the course selection process can be done separately in the different admission modalities: FGV Entrance Exam, ENEM and International. 

Monthly payment

BRL 1.980,00
*refers to the value of 2024.1  

Candidate-to-vacancy ratio

1,7 (2023.1)  


Praia de Botafogo, 190


(21) 3799-5710

Exam date and place
Exam datePlace
11/15Praia de Botafogo, 190 - Botafogo, RJ


Why choose the Social Sciences course?

The FGV CPDOC School of Social Sciences originates from the Center for Research and Documentation of Contemporary History of Brazil (CPDOC), an important research center focused on Social Sciences and History, created in 1973.

One of the pioneering institutions in maintaining private archives of public figures, whose records tell the political, economic, social and cultural history of Brazil, besides the trajectory of the country's international relations. It is also a forerunner in the democratization of access to the content of its historical collection, which can be consulted free of charge via the internet.

The School has undergraduate, master's and doctoral courses in professional and academic categories, having the 1st largest IGC in Brazil, considering all Educational Institutions in the country.

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largest IGC in Brazil, considering all Educational Institutions.
50 years
of tradition and research. CPDOC brings together the largest collection of personal archives of public figures in the country.


In addition to the result of the Entrance Examination, FGV also classifies candidates based on the scores provided by the National Institute for Educational Research of the Ministry of Education (INEP/MEC).



1st place in the latest ranking released by the General Index of Courses (IGC) of the Ministry of Education (MEC).


Maximum score in the National Student Performance Exam (Enade) of 2021.


Winner of the "Prêmio Luiz Beltrão de Ciências da Comunicação" (Luiz Beltrão Prize in Communication Sciences).

1st Place in the 12th Edition (2015) of the National Award for Outstanding Scientific and Technological Initiation, awarded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), in the field of Human and Social Sciences, Letters, and Arts, to undergraduate student Marina Bichara.


Studying Social Sciences at FGV CPDOC provides students with the development of skills to build a solid, productive, and creative career.



The course has great differentials, such as its intimate dimension, which allows students to be closer to the professors; adding the articulation of theory with research practice, exercised in different laboratories and disciplines; in addition to interdisciplinarity, a fundamental characteristic and a pedagogical pillar of the course, which allows students to develop extensive knowledge in the area of history.


The School maintains 20 international partnerships with renowned higher education institutions around the world, such as Sciences Po, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, ISCTE, LUISS Guido Carli, Paris-Sorbonne and Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Professional Development

Graduation at FGV CPDOC develops research skills in several areas of activity of the social scientist, such as academic research, research with collections and archives, conducting surveys, use of qualitative methodology in interviews and focus groups, use of programming for data analysis and large textual sets in the field of Digital Humanities.

These skills are developed through practical work in laboratories, research centers and applied disciplines.

Additional training in International Relations

Undergraduate students at FGV CPDOC can take disciplines from the International Relations course to obtain a certificate of complementary training in IR. This specific content contributes to the development of research and performance capabilities in these research and market areas.



We know that choosing a profession is probably one of the first big decisions you will make in your life. That's why FGV wants to help you learn a little more about your future career.

Studying Social Sciences means opting for an education that combines humanistic knowledge, training in applied research and critical reflection on the dilemmas of life in society.

Having a degree in Social Sciences can be a differential in several careers, and not just in the academic world.

A social scientist can work in NGOs, in public institutions that deal with planning, in civil society organizations and in political and social consultancies.

  • Merit Scholarships: 

1st place - 100%1st place - 100%
2nd place - 90%2nd place - 90%
3rd place - 80%3rd place - 80%
4th place - 70%4th place - 70%
5th place - 50%5th place - 50%
6th place - 40%6th place - 40%
7th to 10h place - 30%7th to 10h place - 30%


  • Refundable Scholarship - Financing: 

0% to 100% of the tuition fee for the current school semester       

  • Social Demand:

Available according to the socioeconomic situation of the applicant. The percentage to be granted varies from 0% (zero) to 100% (one hundred percent) of the tuition fee for the current school semester.

  • Additional Scholarships:

Scholarships of up to 70% (seventy percent) of the tuition fee may be granted, if the student obtains a GPA equal to or above 9.0 at the end of the first semester.

For more details on the scholarships offered for each course, read the Announcement 




Something that draws a lot of attention is the close relationship that students have with their professors. Everything supports learning: openness, dialogue, accessibility.

Rodrigo Torrero e Vatusi Paula | Former students of the School of Social Sciences

The School has the differential of making us see the various possibilities for the future 
within the social sciences. Former student of the School of Social Sciences

Rebeca Freitas | Former student of the School of Social Sciences

For those who enjoy both the Social Sciences and History, there is the possibility of doing an internship in several sectors at CPDOC, including Casa Acervo, the Audiovisual Nucleus and the Applied Social Research Nucleus.

Anna Beatriz Oliveira | Former student of the School of Social Sciences

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Do you know the free FGV courses?

With them, you will be able to master even more the themes of the Entrance test questions.


The FGV Experience is a free meeting and allows students to get to know our courses and facilities.

Grupo de alunos sorridentes caminhando pelo campus da FGV.


Participate and get your questions answered about the courses, forms of admission, scholarships and exchange ideas with professors about the benefits of studying at FGV.

Lectures and Thematic Classes!

Choose one of the available options and have the experience of BEING AN FGV MEMBER!

FGV Day is a free meeting at which students can ask questions about our courses and university entrance exam, as well as talk to professors about the benefits of doing an undergraduate degree at FGV. The event is also open to parents, professors and companions who would like to find out more about FGV.



Schedule your visit right now and find out how FGV CPDOC can boost your career in the field of Social Sciences!

During the visit, you will have the opportunity to get to know our modern structure, laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technology and ask your questions.

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