Social Science

Why social science?

Social science explores social reality and public issues that shape today’s world. Social science majors examine local, national, and international issues with an understanding of the global context in which they occur.  Students interested in questions of inequality and social justice, cultural diversity, societal influences and social identities, political advocacy, social movements, and globalization should consider the social science major at Metropolitan State University. 

Interdisciplinary department

The Social Science Department faculty are trained as anthropologists, geographers, political scientists, and sociologists, and the courses we offer reflect the perspectives of each field. Our department is unique, however, in offering a strong foundation in interdisciplinary social science. The interdisciplinary emphasis brings multiple perspectives to the study of social questions. We also offer flexibility, enabling students to tailor their major to meet their individual needs and interests. 

Skills students develop

Students in the program engage in a rigorous process of investigation and develop tools to explore, analyze, and ultimately act on the social environment.  Our program is committed to offering quality academic education and to providing opportunities for students to integrate their skills into community-based experience. The department helps students identify internships to explore civic and career interests and build professional relationships.

Opportunities for graduates

Our graduates have a well-developed skill-set that leads them to become strong, competitive candidates for a variety of professions such as international affairs, politics, legal studies, public policy, advocacy, social services in public and non-profit institutions. 

Employers, graduate and professional schools seek potential employees who have a deep and broad educational basis as well as the specific skills our students develop in the major: effective oral and written communication; critical and creative approaches to problem solving; a deep understanding of the value of cultural diversity and a global perspective. 

Faculty

Department faculty are award-winning educators, committed to the intellectual, professional, and civic development of their students.  Dedicated teachers and mentors, the faculty bring both their academic training and professional experiences from activities outside the university into their teaching. Outside the classroom, the social science faculty are dedicated to using their training to address social problems. They frequently take the expertise and results of their research into the broader community by writing for the print and online media, making appearances on public radio…
 

Social Science programs