Social scientists study human behavior, beliefs, and how they influence society. The Social Sciences Department offers programs in four disciplines: Anthropology, the study of human biology, adaptation and culture through time; Philosophy, the nature of existence, knowledge, logic, religion and values; Psychology, the science of thought and mental health; and Sociology, the science of social interaction and institutions; Geography, a spatial science that synthesizes interactions between human society and physical environments; Human Services Generalist, the study of meeting human needs through an applied knowledge base; and Human Services Addiction Studies, the study of addiction treatment and recovery.
The department offers various courses, all of which foster analytical skills and critical thinking. Some concentrations also involve research, field work and/or laboratory experience. All lead to associate degrees and prepare students to pursue their bachelor’s degree and careers in many fields. These include education, health care and medicine, human resources, law, business and finance, technology, entertainment, marketing and communications, and government.