Social Science

Experiential Learning


Film Series    Lecture Series    US/Mexico Border Trip, Spring 2018 


Model UN Class     Senior Seminars


Sociological Storytelling     Speed Mentoring 



Bridging Borders Class in Mexico, Spring 2018     Bridging Borders Class in Mexico, Spring 2018    


Students on the Bridging Borders Trip to Mexico, Spring 2018


Students on the Bridging Borders Trip to Mexico, Spring 2018      Students on the Bridging Borders Trip to Mexico, Spring 2018






The Social Science Department presents fascinating and unusual documentaries once a semester.

The film presented in the Spring 2018 was The Land Beneath Our Feet, directed by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mitman.

It follows a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia’s past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights.

Discussion followed with the directors. This film showing was free and open to the public.
It was preceded by a Social Science alumni reception in the Nona McGreal room.  






Edgewood alumni provided “speed mentoring” to the Human Service interns, who rotate among the mentors in ten-minute sessions. 
During the “speed mentoring” sessions, Human Service interns were free to ask the alumni mentors for advice on topics such as career goals and college-to-profession transitions. 
Speed Mentoriing Spring 2018 photo of participants
Interns in the front row (left to right) are Carleigh Tucker, Kassie Widmyer, Autumn Battaglia, and Tammie Lepage. (Stephanie Salgado and Kelsey Kraemer are missing.) Alumni in the back row (left to right) are Fatou Ceesay, Elena Aleman, Lisa Lang-Shackett, Christina Schmoker, and Ann Goth (Mercedes Swenson is missing). 







photos of students at Model UN Event in Chicago

Nicholas Spina’s course is an interactive simulation that allows students to experience the promise and frustrations of international diplomacy. At a Model UN conference, students serve as country delegates and negotiate resolutions to complex global problems within the UN institutional structure. Class activities will help students strengthen the writing, research and speaking skills needed before and during the conference. This past fall semester, the class represented Lebanon at the American Model United Nations International at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago. Students participated in 30+ hours of intense simulations with over 1,500 college students from around the country.







poster for the Human Book Event

Introductory Sociology students participate in their own storytelling event in class. A couple of them, along with other students and staff at Edgewood, shared their stories before a live audience in the Washburn Heritage Room.  To prepare for the event storytelling experts from the Madison Moth and Madison Storytellers held workshops on campus to help them convert their personal experiences into effective and engaging five-minute stories, on topics related to high school sports, cultural identity, homelessness, sexuality, racial segregation and immigration. These Human Book events occur once a semester.


Wrongful Convictions Lecture




“Wrongful Convictions”  was the title of the 6th Annual Sister Esther Heffernan Distinguished Lecture, held on November 7. Presenters were Keith Findley, J.D. of University of Wisconsin Law School and Ray Krone, a former death row inmate exonerated with DNA evidence.


poster of Senior Seminar Papers, Spring 2017SENIOR SEMINARS


The Senior Social Science Seminar is a capstone experience for all majors. One of the purposes of the seminar is to bring together students in the various majors in the department to examine the implications and interrelations of their studies.

The seminar includes reading and discussion in conjunction with preparation for the presentation of a senior paper. Click here for more information on Senior Seminars.