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The Division of Social Science

The aim of the Division of Social Science is to impart to the student knowledge and skills to assist in solving the problems of our times; awareness of the effects of social science on civilization and its use to improve the quality of life; ability to make value judgments for effective life in a changing world, and the recognition that we live in an open-minded world which requires receptivity to new facts, new ideas, and new ways of life.

The Division of Social Science seeks to convey pride in the achievements of the United States, appreciation of the contributions to other peoples and support for international peace and cooperation; and compassion and sensitivity for the needs, feelings, and aspirations of other human beings. The Division also seeks to guide the student in the development of democratic principles and application to daily life; and the use of the creative arts to sensitize oneself to universal human experience and to the uniqueness of the individual.

The Division offers courses of study leading to either the B.A. or B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology,  and a Social Science Area (with or without teacher certification). The B.A. degree requires 12 hours of foreign language. A two-year Associate of Science degree is offered in select areas. To earn the B.S. degree with teaching rights, the student must take the prescribed professional education courses specified in their particular area of specialization. Any student who majors or pursues an area in any discipline of the Division of Social Science must take an exit exam in the subject area of their major.