Social science courses view human behavior through the lenses of both empirical and theoretical approaches.  All classes include testable propositions that seek to describe and explain social reality, including but not limited to, interpretive and systematic analyses.

As a result students should increase: (1) their understanding of the complexity of human experience and (2) their awareness of the variety of human behavior and the institutions humans construct to organize that behavior.

This will allow students the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the diversity of human awareness and potential.

In our Political Science, Sociology and Social Work programs, students will:

1.  Be exposed to theories, concepts, and methods used by the Social Sciences.

2.  Be introduced and allowed to formulate basic questions about social behavior and phenomena through interpretive and systematic analyses.

3.  Become familiar with the dynamic relationships found in/among individuals, groups, social institutions, and the natural environment.

4.  Be exposed to the tools used by social scientists when examining social issues, including ethical issues they face when using these tools.