DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY & POLITICAL SCIENCE
B.S. Social Science
While people may live in the present, the study of history performs the indispensable function of reminding us of who we were, and acts as a laboratory of what we might become. A sound historical grounding can help a person become a better businessperson, educator, or community leader. History is more than simply a storehouse of the past. History provides a sense of identity, and reminds us through the recounting of past greatness that we should aspire to greatness in our own lives.
Option: Political Science
Political science offers students fundamental insight into the realm of politics. Americans have grown used to thinking of politics as a dirty word, but in fact politics refers to some of the most elemental of human behaviors: the distribution and exercise of power. Without politics, important matters would be decided by force, and those without power in such communities typically find themselves the objects – rather than the wielders – of power. Political scientists draw freely on the insights of anthropology, economics, history, psychology, and especially sociology to explain and analyze political behavior, and to recommend changes in policy.
A.A. Social Science
The two-year Social Sciences degree is designed for students interested in entry-level jobs in social services. The degree provides a broad introduction to the social science disciplines as a core, and then allows the student to select an additional nine hours.