Welcome to the Department of Social Sciences.
The Department of Social Sciences is home to the Economics, History, and Political Science disciplines; interdisciplinary programs in Urban & Regional Studies and Social Studies; master’s degree programs in Public Administration and Public Policy; Geography unit and the Institute for Local Government which is a special program. Supplementing these academic areas are various internship opportunities for students through our Public Affairs and Ottawa Internship Programs. The Social Sciences Department also hosts an ongoing Research Colloquium and a Mid-East Lecture Series. These diverse opportunities share a focus on the forces that have been affecting human individuals and groups in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. This focus informs the department’s diverse courses, which are taught by some of the university’s most talented instructors, whose research examines a similar breadth of topics. The department has produced majors who have gone on to become accomplished teachers, lawyers, doctors, CEOs, professors, workers in the local, state, and federal government, among many other fields. Please explore our offerings and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the department's many and varied opportunities.
For more information on the Social Sciences Department, contact the Chair, Dale Thomson, or our departmental staff Belinda Soliz Administrative Specialist, Sue Steiner Administrative Assistant, or Patricia Raredon Public Affairs Internship Coordinator.