Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Sciences focuses on the study of moral issues in history and human behavior, human rights, cultural issues, and the power, change and decision-making within a culture.

In difficult economic times, the social sciences are often more relevant and useful by providing tools and insights for a greater understanding of society's major problems. From a Christian viewpoint, students consider such social issues as the stigma of living with HIV, political institutions, effects of social networking, or the ethical issues of abortion.

Curriculum Highlights:

Students are challenged to research, rethink and understand the effects of life’s circumstances and issues on individuals, families and societies. As part of research projects, students get practical experience in:

  • Data collection and sampling
  • Statistical analysis and methods
  • Direct observation
  • Archival research

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Social Sciences is Ideal for those Who:

  • Like to analyze and organize facts.
  • Enjoy multifaceted discussions on challenging topics.
  • Have strong skills in reading and writing.
  • Excel at critical thinking.
  • Are sensitive to human and world problems.

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