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