Division of Social Sciences
Prepares Students for a Variety of Successful Careers
Division of Social Sciences Brochure
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
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.
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
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.
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