History and Global Studies
Examine the “big picture” of human behavior. What is the nature of human nature and the way society influences people’s lives?
Lyndon’s Social Science major provides students with an array of experiential opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. We organize international travel and internships, anthropological fieldwork, and service learning opportunities.
We also have a vigorous community service program in our department, housing the LSC Humanitarian Center. We require that students participate in service as part of their senior portfolio.
Social Sciences, B.A.
Anthropology and Sociology
A degree in Anthropology and Sociology examines the “big picture” of human behavior, including the nature of human nature and the way society influences people’s lives. Recognizing these similarities, our major blends the two areas of study. For those with a strong interest in one discipline or the other, it is possible to select courses with a primary focus in either, but we encourage our majors to explore and draw on the insights from both disciplines. Our curriculum includes a number of courses that combine sociological and anthropological thinking, including courses on the culture of food, medical anthropology, global interdependence, comparative cultures, religion, family, and social justice. At Lyndon State College there are a number of opportunities to develop a better understanding of the social world we live in through a variety of study abroad, internship, and volunteer activities.
Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology examines the “public issues” that underlie “private troubles.” Sociology uses systematic, scientific methods of investigation and questions many of the common sense and taken-for-granted views of our social world.
Anthropology is a broad, holistic study of human beings. Anthropology includes archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology/ethnography. Cultural anthropologists study living cultures—from hunters and gatherer societies in Africa to large corporations in the USA—by living in the culture and gaining the insiders’ point of view.
Lyndon’s department of Social Science is unique in a number ways. For starters, no other Vermont State College program offers a global studies concentration. Global Studies prepares our students for the real world of study and work beyond our narrow national borders. It opens up new worlds of thought and social science applications relating to hundreds of different fields, including international business, public health, and diplomacy.
Graduates of the major of Social Science will be able to:
- analyze social phenomena to demonstrate familiarity with cultural diversity;
- utilize disciplinary concepts, knowledge, and tools of the social sciences to analyze social phenomena of the past or present that reflect an understanding of the factors that influence human social behavior;
- conduct original research using critical thinking and social science research methodologies, develop a thesis, and, using the appropriate computer and analytical skills, interpret the results of one’s research into a written monograph that conforms to the standards of the discipline(s);
- present their research findings clearly and accurately in the form of an oral presentation; and
- demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively (with at least two individuals) on a service project.