Social Science

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 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.

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.

Core Competencies.

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.