In keeping with the mission statement of Wright College and its General Education objectives, the mission of the Social Science Department is to improve the life chances of our students to clearly recognize and understand the rapidly changing world in which they live and to enhance their ability to be active participants in those changes.
Our Mission is to provide learning experiences to help students adapt and succeed.
The scope of the Social Science Department encompasses the theories, methods, principles, and concepts from Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology (including career programs in Addictions Studies and Psychiatric Rehabilitation), and Sociology.
Each discipline’s goal is to encourage students, as members of a global society, to view the social world through multiple perspectives.
- Reason theoretically: Analyze, question and internalize social scientific theory, leading to critical and generative thinking. Actively explore change and continuity within individuals, cultures and societies, and apply these theories to social life.
- Reason methodologically: Support ideas and decisions in a logically structures format based on social science research methods
Departmental Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of social science courses, students will be able to:
- Explain how various social science theories and approaches help understand social phenomena,
- Apply the principles of the scientific method and the appropriate research techniques to study and interpret specific social problems.
- Engage in critical thinking about issues of diversity and unity.
- Interpret social and cultural change over time and how this change has brought us to where we are in today’s society
- Effectively communicate social scientific concepts and principles