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College of Social Sciences
The College of Social Sciences at Fresno State offers a broad and exciting range of
majors, minors, and certificates that help us understand our world: from the study
of history, political, social, and cultural issues, to projections for our future,
our degree programs are designed to develop essential skills necessary to adapt to
a constantly changing world and to provide leadership for the new millennium.
Students majoring in the Social Sciences can learn through practical experience. They
study anthropology by conducting archeological fieldwork, and engage in sociological
data analysis and geographic information tracking by working in our student computing
labs. Cultural diversity is learned by projects in our African American and Chicano
Research Centers or by participating in performing groups such as the folkloric dance
group Los Danzantes de Aztlán. Others observe Fresno city and county board meetings,
attend lectures by visiting professors, take field trips to the San Francisco Federal
Reserve Bank or the Museum of Tolerance, or learn about non-profit organization management
while doing community service. Some choose police ride-alongs or other internships.
Whatever road they travel toward their degrees, students with a background in the
Social Sciences graduate with the knowledge needed for their careers and a broader
understanding of our world.
Understanding the world and our place in it requires a well-rounded education. The
College of Social Sciences seeks to instill a concern for human values and civic responsibility
and to provide substantial knowledge drawn from the social sciences. Such values and
knowledge can help a student respond effectively to many challenges and opportunities.
Applications of the social sciences are needed today more than ever throughout the
world. Learn more about the college, its organization, and areas of study.
The mission of the college is to seek and impart knowledge of human social experience
in all its diversity in order to educate students and benefit humanity.
Understanding the world and our place in it requires a well-rounded education. Accordingly,
the college seeks to instill a concern for human values and civic responsibility and
to provide substantial knowledge drawn from the social sciences. Such values and knowledge
can help a student respond effectively to many challenges and opportunities. Indeed,
applications of the social sciences are needed today more than ever throughout the
As students advance in their knowledge of societies and cultures, including their
own, they learn communication skills and gain valuable understanding of people from
different backgrounds. Global awareness, together with an appreciation of relationships
between society and nature, is a fundamental aspect of learning in the social sciences.
The college teaches students to think clearly, critically, and analytically; this
allows students to engage in the solution of complex social problems. Our graduates
know the worth of practical as well as professional skills. They realize that careers
can be pursued successfully only with the benefit of humanistic values and social/cultural
insights. The college also fosters respect for human diversity and a sense of responsibility
for the enlightened stewardship of the ecosystems of which we are a part. Thus we
endeavor to prepare students to adapt both wisely and resourcefully to the ever-changing
The College of Social Sciences offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs
from historical inquiry to projections for our future.
As a leader in liberal arts education, the College of Social Sciences provides excellent
preparation for a wide range of careers in academia, government, business, and many
other venues in the public and private sectors.