Examining Humankind and politics
The courses from the Social Science Department strive to increase your awareness of the richness of our civilization and society, prepare you to think critically about our world, and strengthen your skills in written and oral expression.
You'll first study the social, intellectual, political, and economic history of the modern era in Western Civilization and then explore the nature of American political culture in American Government. After taking these two courses as a base, you'll take three additional courses from the Social Science Department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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