Social Science and Special Programs

Mission and Goals

The Social Science Program provides a multidisciplinary learning environment that teaches students how to think critically and globally about human interactions in society and to apply this expanded world view to their professions. The program promotes an understanding of cultures, the value of research and service to the community, and the importance of social responsibility and active participation in civic life.

The Program has two options to best meet the needs of the students: Multidisciplinary Studies and Specialization Studies.   The Multidisciplinary Studies option is often selected by students planning to enter a credential program for teaching grades 6-12.  It is also chosen by students desiring a general social science background with some students deciding to continue graduate work in one of the many disciplines in the social sciences. 

The Specialization Studies option appeals to students who wish to concentrate in two of the 21 disciplines or areas of focus offered by the social sciences.  Many of these students plan to apply these concentrations in specialized fields like social and vocational services.  Many students are working, or have worked, for various federal, state, local or non-profit agencies or organizations. 


Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics that are required to meet the challenges faced by diverse individuals, groups, organizations and communities in a changing global environment.

Graduates will learn to communicate clearly, intelligently, and effectively, in both writing and speaking, in their academic as well as professional careers.

Graduates will possess skills and perspectives to solve complex social problems, to engage in communication and collaboration across the social science disciplines, and to utilize a shared infrastructure for social science research.

Graduates will develop a sense of social responsibility and commitment to equity in a multicultural and multiracial society and apply these values in working with individuals and families, creating learning environments, and collaborating with community members and agencies.

Graduates will possess knowledge and skills to become informed and participating citizens.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Written Communication: Students can express ideas in concise, coherent and grammatically correct prose.
  2. Oral Communication:  Students can deliver effective presentations using appropriate academic discourse and technologies.
  3. Modern Tools: Students can use modern computing tools necessary for research and professional practice.
  4. Teamwork: Students can collaborate and function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Service Learning: Students can serve the community in a variety of settings.
  6. Social Science Concepts:  Students can apply theories from multiple disciplines to understand real-world situations.