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College of Social Sciences
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 world.
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 world.
The College of Social Sciences offers an array of undergraduate
and graduate programs from historical inquiry to projections for
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.