Social Sciences Division
The objectives of the two-year Social Sciences program are to provide students with an informed basis for understanding human social behavior and an historical context in which to interpret today’s world.
In pursuing these objectives, the program draws from the various social science disciplines – anthropology, sociology, history, social psychology, political science, and economics – and combines conceptual and empirical materials from these disciplines into an integrated four-semester sequence.
The first semester of the freshman year is devoted primarily to the behavioral sciences and serves as the analytical background for the next three semesters, which treat historical society, emerging society, and contemporary society. This sequence includes theoretical, historical, and cross-cultural approaches as we survey the broad range of the social sciences. The program aims to help students become critical thinkers and knowledgeable, engaged global citizens of the twenty-first century.