Department of Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Human society is ever changing and there are limitless opportunities for students who enter professions which help improve the quality of life. Social environments, cultural and historical heritage, social and political systems and the psychological nature of your personal existence are the areas of learning in the Department of Social Sciences at Dickinson State University.

Students will critically analyze and evaluate possible solutions to problems; learn the materials and methodologies necessary for successful teaching, graduate study and professional development; prepare for a wide variety of careers in both the private and public sectors of the economy; actively participate in the social and political affairs of the United States and the world community; develop a lifelong interest in the social sciences; and communicate about social issues in a creative and informed manner.

The social science degree at Dickinson State University prepares students who plan future careers in law, economics, politics, public administration, urban planning, and gerontology. In addition, the social sciences offer valuable preparation for careers specializing in family health, environmental issues, sports, the military, law enforcement and criminal justice.

Job prospects for social science graduates are excellent. Teaching at the elementary or secondary level is the goal of those who attain a bachelor of science degree in education and this degree can be used as a stepping stone to university level teaching if the student pursues an advanced degree.

Graduates with degrees in history may choose to go into law, government service, the diplomatic corps, journalism, tourism, or museum or archival work.

Historians also are actively recruited by publishing firms, historic societies, research organizations, and libraries.

Social work graduates pursue careers in adoption, child care, counseling, recreation and juvenile issues. They also work with probation and parole, government agencies, family and youth services, hospital social services, labor unions, social service agencies and housing authorities. Other possibilities include working with regional planning councils, services to the elderly, substance abuse programs, services to the handicapped, mental health centers, and protective services for children and senior citizens. A growing number of social worker positions are also opening up private practice.