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Department of Social Sciences

Why do people do what they do? Social science courses use a wide range of perspectives to answer this question. Our courses explore the social and psychological forces that guide behavior and shape our lives. Throughout all our disciplines, we encourage students to think critically about themselves, the world that they live in, and the economic, political, and social institutions that influence their lives. Beyond the introductory level, our courses examine such topics as abnormal behavior, urban politics, inequalities of race, gender, and sexuality, the black experience in the United States, personality, sports, crime, immigration, and the Connecticut River. And we include a course, “How to Change the World” that encourages students to learn and analyze strategies for social change.

The Department of Social Sciences offers courses in economics, political science, sociology, psychology, and Africana Studies. Our courses meet distribution requirements for two and four-year degrees and they prepare students for majors in psychology, politics and government, economics, sociology, criminal justice, business, and education.