With a diverse and experienced faculty, the Department’s mission is to prepare students to continue their academic careers as they transfer to four year institutions or begin careers in their chosen fields.
The following list of goals explains how the Social Sciences Department sees it role in the institution’s broader academic mission:
ANTHROPOLOGY is the study of human development, particularly the development of human physical characteristics, culture, social interactions, and communication through analysis of the artifacts and remains of past cultures as well as through the observations of current cultures.
GEOGRAPHY studies the physical and environmental characteristics of the planet and how those characteristics in turn shape human development.
HISTORY is about what it means to be human in an ever-changing context. Studying the problems and/or solutions of past individuals, nations, and cultures provides some insight into the current human condition.
PHILOSOPHY seeks to aid students in developing skills and habits of logical thought and analysis, to introduce students to sustained reflection on basic questions of human nature, and to examine the practical and theoretical considerations relevant to human morality.
POLITICAL SCIENCE is the study of politics, political ideas, and government, locally, nationally, and internationally.
SOCIOLOGY is the scientific study of social groups and how they change over time. Sociologists examine the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live. Culture, socialization, deviance, social problems, education, social inequality, and family are studied.