College of Social Sciences

Our faculty and staff welcome you to join us in an exciting quest--to understand our world. There has never been a time of such social complexity and diversity as we face today, at the dawn of the new millennium. And there has never been a greater need for people with the perspectives, knowledge, and skills to address the complexity of human social life.

In the College of Social Sciences, we study the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet, in the study of Anthropology, Geography and City & Regional Planning, and History. We study the diversity of human cultures and social experiences through Sociology, Anthropology, and Women's Studies. We analyze political affairs in global perspective in our programs in, Political Science, Public Administration, and International Relations. And we address some of the most pressing social issues of our times in the Department of Criminology. We offer depth of study in ethnic heritages, with special focus on Africana Studies , Chicano & Latin American Studies Asian American and Southeast Asian Studies and also Jewish Studies.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships in law enforcement, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Our students even learn folkloric dance in Los Danzantes de Atzlan, join the Gospel Choir in Ethnic Studies, or set weather balloons off at the crack of dawn. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project. Fellows of the Maddy Institute have opportunities to work in the legislature or public agencies.

Master's degrees in Criminology, History, International Relations, and Public Administration have prepared our alumni to take leadership roles in teaching, business, and public service.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

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Department of History
This year the History Department has
received word that a second $1.8 million
Teaching American History (TAH) grant has
been funded, which will allow us to fund
a new cohort of MA students.
The TAH grants have allowed the Department
to become more visible in the teaching community,
to expand its outreach at the K-12
level, and to participate in debates about
history education.