The Department of Social Studies provides supporting courses to programs in Education and Intercultural Studies. Courses within the department are designed to encourage students to develop a global perspective on the modern world, including the individual and society, structures of power, and social institutions. Courses are designed to give students a greater appreciation for the effects of geographical factors on cultures, economics, and politics and the effects of cultural factors on human relations-factors such as language, economics, kinship, marriage, gender, social control, social stratification, religion, and art.
In conjunction with the College of Education, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Social Studies. The Teaching Field consists of courses from four departments-Economics, History, Political Science, and Social Studies-and prepares the prospective secondary teacher for multifaceted responsibilities in the classroom. The minor in Social Studies also draws course work from diverse fields.