Social Science


Carolyn Field
Department Chair


Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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Greetings from the
Social Science Department!

Mazzuchelli Hall from the back

The Social Science Department is a vibrant department with a large, diverse group of students in related, but distinctively different, academic areas of interest.  The expertise of faculty, and the courses and curriculum offered, focus on the social problems of society and important issues of social justice, from the local to the global level.  With a rigorous focus on Social Science research skills, Social Science students are given the opportunity to generate their own original research in their Senior capstone class.  The Social Science Department assists each student in learning the specific skills and background knowledge needed for their chosen profession and success in the real-world job market of today.

The Social Science Department offers programs in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Human Services, Health and Society, and Social Studies.  The Department offers majors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Sociology with many options for Minors and Concentrations in the related academic areas forementioned. The Human Services Concentration, for example, can be attached to the Criminal Justice or Sociology Major, allowing those interested in Social Work/Human Services careers to get the applied training needed to transition seamlessly into the workforce.   Further, our programs are transfer-student friendly, making sure to award credits to previous educational, and applied workforce experience (such as Policing), to the Major or Minor of relevance in our program.  Students often double Major or combine their Social Scientific interests with a combination of Concentrations and/or Minors which best suit their career or other future goals, such as Law School or Graduate School. 

Please contact me at any time to explore a major or minor in Social Science.


Carolyn Field, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Social Science Department
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Program Director


News & Events

Come check out our wonderfully cozy
computer lab and student lounge,
open to all Social Science majors,
in Mazzuchelli G16


Professor Steve Davis's latest 
essay in Sierra Magazine


Lupe Salmeron
in the news!
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Job Openings for
Criminal Justice and
Sociology Majors
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