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Social Sciences

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The Social Sciences major at Clarkson provides students with the opportunity to acquire a multi-faceted view of the social world. Combining courses in History, Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology, the Interdisciplinary Social Science major lets students see how the different disciplines address complex social issues. Working within the different disciplines provides students with skills highly prized in today's marketplace, including critical thinking and the ability to see the world from multiple perspectives.

Students in the Interdisciplinary Social Science major are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to design a rigorous program that matches their interests to the flexibility of the program.

Why Clarkson?
The Social Sciences program at Clarkson differs from those at many other institutions in three important ways – broader perspectives, external fields, and computer competencies.

Social Sciences majors at Clarkson benefit from the outstanding scholarship and personal attention of faculty in anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology. The Social Science program allows students to focus on themes in Clarkson's curriculum: American Studies, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and Science, Technology, and Society.

Faculty work individually with students to prepare them for careers in a world economy that demands creativity in analyzing problems, expertise in technology, and an understanding of diverse perspectives.

External field
A required external field of five or more courses prepares students for their future careers.

Chosen from one of Clarkson's many programs and departments, external fields may be in such defined pre-professional areas as pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-business, pre-physical therapy, psychology, or computer science; alternately, students may create their own external field, tailored to their specific career interests.

Through Clarkson's state-of-the-art computing resources, you will acquire skills using the latest communication tools. Also, thanks to our small size and friendly, collaborative culture, you'll rub shoulders with peers in technology-based majors so that you gain an appreciation of their mindsets and perspectives.