Division of Social Sciences

Prepares Students for a Variety of Successful Careers

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Within the Division of Social Sciences are major degree programs in Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Social Studies/Secondary Education. Students may also choose an undergraduate minor from these areas, as well as minors in Psychology, Gerontology, International Relations and Minority Studies. Students in the Social Sciences can pursue a very broad range of careers, including:

Social Sciences-Related Careers

Education, Law, Law Enforcement, Government Community Planning, Human Resources, Public Administration, Social Work, Business, Tourism Management, Librarian/ Archivist, Consulting, Elder Care, Youth Development, Non-Profit Organizational Management are some of the fields that Social Science graduates pursue.

Because the Social Sciences deal with understanding various aspects of human behavior and experience, students need to possess special skills in order to be successful in their studies and eventual career pursuits.

The Division of Social Sciences offers a broad range of majors. The wide variety of courses, taught by a diverse faculty, are designed to develop students’ individual abilities while preparing them for graduate schools, or for careers in such diverse areas as teaching, law enforcement, and social services.

Some of these are:

  • To be able to think critically,
  • To be able to solve problems logically,
  • To be able to communicate clearly, both in speaking and in writing,
  • To be able to absorb factual information as well as understand theories and concepts that attempt to explain some aspects of human social behavior or experience and
  • To be able to understand the scientific method of inquiry and use it in conducting research on social issues and problems.

In order to help students develop these skills, instructors will combine class work with outside research, internships, and other experiences that are designed to produce graduates who are well prepared to undertake advanced studies or career opportunities in a field related to the Social Sciences.

Minors

Gerontology, the study of the aging process, focuses on the physical, mental and social changes in older persons. The effects of an aging population on society are also examined.

Psychology emphasizes the study of the mind and processes related to human behavior.

International Relations examines forces and factors that influence the behavior of nations within the global, social, economic, and political arena.

Minority Studies focus on understanding the interaction between various racial and ethnic minority groups and the larger societies in which they exist, with particular emphasis on the efforts of many of these groups to address issues of socio-economic and political discrimination.