Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences includes four main disciplines:

Economics. Economics focuses on how people, groups, corporations, and countries attempt to allocate limited resources to satisfy humanity's need for money, goods, and services. We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, an accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Master of Business Administration (with the College of Management), and an Economics minor. Economics students learn how to create plans to forecast and address societal issues such as unemployment, inflation, and environmental maintenance. Coursework includes money and banking, public finance and taxation, government spending, and labor management.

History. The undergraduate major in history offers excellent preparation for careers in teaching, law, journalism, business, and government service. History majors receive a broad grounding in historical knowledge and develop such vital skills as research, analysis and writing. History faculty members teach a wide range of courses in American, European and world history. We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and an accelerated shared credit program resulting in a B.A. in History and a M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies (Pedagogy-only). All B.A. history majors are required to take the Sophomore Seminar in Historical Methods (HIS 197) and the Senior Seminar in Historical Research (HIS 198), for which they will write a senior thesis.

Political Science and International Studies. We offer a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, degrees that prepare students for success in a broad range of rewarding fields, including government, public service, law, education and politics. Political Science and International Relations majors examine worldwide political systems, economic systems and social organizations from a variety of perspectives. In addition, students may pursue five-year accelerated shared credit programs: B.A. and M.A. in Political Science or B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy and a Master of Business Administration (with several departments in the College of Management). Four minors are offered to students in other majors: American Political Process, International Politics and Government, Political Psychology and Public Administration.

Sociology and Anthropology. An undergraduate B.A. in Sociology provides students with a practical basis for pursuing a diverse range of careers in both private and public sectors including law, education, social work, business, public administration, and many others. Undergraduate minors in anthropology and sociology are also available, including a minor in Health and Society. These programs deepen the understanding of human society and familiarizes undergraduates with the fundamental tools and concepts of the field, including research methodologies, theoretical perspectives, and statistical analyses.
B.A. in Political Science
Pre-Law Advisement Program