The Mission of the Social Science Department at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to offer a variety of courses in several areas of the Social Sciences. Courses are offered yearly in the disciplines of History, Economics, Political Science, Law, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography and Sociology. The Social Science Department fulfills its mission while supporting the primary mission of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
The Social Sciences Department at Massachusetts Maritime Academy plays an essential role in meeting the Academy’s mission and core competency requirements by deepening students’ vital knowledge, as well as developing analytical and communication skills. These skills taught through a variety of courses in the Social Sciences, including introductory courses in History, Economics, Political Science, Legal Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography and Sociology support the departmental goal of enhanced critical thinking. Electives are offered as necessary for students to meet their graduation requirements.
The goals of our department can be summarized as follows:
1. to maintain teaching excellence
2. to improve teaching through professional development, research and innovation
3. to assist the needs of other departments by collaboration and leadership in critical thinking, written communication and self perception and awareness
4. to offer a curriculum which broadens and deepens the knowledge base of our students and complements the professional and technical knowledge of other departments
5. involve our department in interdisciplinary concerns and innovative use of technology
Social Science Department Faculty
As of September, 2011 the department consists of six full-time members and one part-time member. Five of these members are tenured and one is still at the instructor level. The full-time members are Professors Ronald Smith, Ronald Carroll, L.L.M., Dr. Robert O’Leary, Dr. Qi Chen, Dr. Christopher Hannan, and Colonel Timothy Dilliplane. Retired Professor Colonel Robert Black also teaches courses within the department from time to time. Full time department members typically teach three required courses and one elective course each semester. One member has typically has a one course reduction to act as department chair.
Department members have been and continue to be involved in extra-curricular activities such as Football, financial investment club, and ROTC. Faculty members are also involved with the Library Steering Committee, the Technology committee and the recent educational consultant. Faculty members participate in the academy’s student advising program and serve on academy governance committees.
Social Sciences General Education Requirements and Electives
All Massachusetts Maritime Academy students are required to take 2 specific Social Science courses: Western Civilization and American Government. Each of these courses is a prerequisite for other courses and a requirement for graduation. Each student at Massachusetts Maritime Academy must take three Social Science electives, one from each of three groups:
Social Science group one electives are Macroeconomics or Microeconomics;
Social Science group two electives are Law;
Social Science group three electives contain a range of courses in History, Economics, Political Science, Legal Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography and Sociology
The College developed and adopted five core competencies in 2004: communication, scientific literacy, quantitative reasoning, higher order thinking and technology literacy. All courses offered by the department support the competencies of higher order thinking, communication and technology. Some of the Social Science Department courses support quantitative reasoning as well.
Social Sciences Learning Outcomes
The faculty of the Social Sciences Department works with other departments to help graduates become educated, aware, productive employees and responsible citizens. Our graduates should contribute to society’s well being and embrace life-long learning.
1. Higher order thinking: Students should be able to perform higher order thinking skills to include both critical and insightful thinking. They should be able to apply the elements of reasoning and be able to use criteria and content in order to make decisions, analyze arguments, imagine solutions to problems and create original and unique scholarship.
2. Communication Competence: Students should be able to write, read, speak and listen effectively and be able to express and process ideas clearly and succinctly. They should be able to create essays and complex answers to problems using these skills. They should demonstrate constant adherence to the highest ideals of academic honesty.
3. Contextual Awareness: Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various social, historical and cultural contexts in order to operate within a dynamic world and workplace. These skills should help the students navigate a workplace which is increasingly complex, socially and professionally.
4. Scholastic self confidence: Students should be able to arrive at a position using academically valid skills and criteria they then should be able to confidently defend and support their position through knowledge and communication skills.
5. Broadened world perspective: Students should be able to understand their own and America’s place in the wider world and appreciate the social, economic, political, historical and legal realities which define their global realities
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