History and Social Sciences Department

When today’s employers are asked to name the most important skills they look for in candidates, critical thinking and effective decision making rise to the top of the list. Programs offered in the History and Social Sciences Department are designed to hone those skills in you.

By studying the past, you will learn to understand the present and, therefore, plan for the future. Through an exploration of various elements of society, you will develop a deeper understanding of the world in which you live. And by learning more about political systems and political behavior, your understanding of the impact politics has on the world around you will grow.

Whether you plan on future graduate studies, want to serve your community as a police officer or human services coordinator, or aspire to a career in politics, the department’s programs can enhance your potential and hone your abilities.

Additional Opportunities

International Semester

You are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester, preferably during your junior year. Advanced consultation with your academic adviser relative to major requirements is recommended.

Language Study

Saint Mary’s encourages you to study foreign languages, especially if you plan to attend graduate school after graduation.

Campus Activities

The department sponsors the Lambda-Lambda Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and a student-funded Historical Society. It also hosts a variety of speakers on campus that appeal to the entire Saint Mary's community. Additionally, you will have opportunities to participate in research that ties to your career goals.

Faculty

Tycho de Boer, Ph.D.

Department Chair, History and Social Sciences - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM235

Campus Box: #1419

(507) 457-6995

tdeboer@smumn.edu

Tycho de Boer Ph.D.
Matthew Klosky, M.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429C

Campus Box: #1513

mklosky@smumn.edu

Matthew Klosky M.A.
Erich Lippman, Ph.D.

History and Social Sciences - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM237

Campus Box: #1505

(507) 457-6944

elippman@smumn.edu

Meet Erich Lippman
Wesley Miller, Ph.D.

History and Social Sciences - Associate Professor, Sociology Coordinator

Griffin Hall, GR185

Campus Box: #1516

(507) 457-1512

wmiller@smumn.edu

Wesley Miller Ph.D.
Young Sun Park, Ph.D.

History and Social Sciences - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM227

Campus Box: #1414

(507) 457-1785

ypark@smumn.edu

Young Sun Park Ph.D.