Social Sciences

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 Sciences 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.

Concentrations

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

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.

Anthrolpology

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.

Global Studies

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.

History

Required Courses

Foundations of Social Science (22-23 Credits)

* For Licensure in Social Studies Secondary Education, complete the Social Science program, taking the asterisked courses plus two courses at the 3000 or 4000 level in American History or American Government for upper-level courses.

Required:

Choose six (6) courses from the following:

Concentration in Social Science (18 credits)

Six additional courses from the department. At least four courses at the 3000-4000 level.  No more than six credits of the fieldwork courses (ANT 3820, SSC 2020 and SSC 3820) may be counted toward the degree.

Advised Term 3rd/4th Year

Concentration in Global Studies (18 credits)

Concentration in History (18 credits)

Concentration in Anthropology/Sociology (18 credits)

Academic and Fieldwork Opportunities

Social Science majors may elect to make independent arrangements to study abroad with faculty approval. Internships undertaken through Cooperative Education enable students to gain firsthand experience in areas related to their major and interests. Students have acted as legislative aides in government, worked in museums, law offices, correctional facilities, and have been involved with social-service delivery programs and with municipal government research projects.

In addition, the department offers a number of opportunities for students to experience the culture of a foreign country by traveling to that country and visiting historic and cultural sites, cultural events, and interacting with the people and culture. The department also offers ANT 3820 Anthropology Fieldwork and SSC 3820 Global Studies Fieldwork. Only two fieldwork/trip courses will count towards the advanced area studies credits in either major.

Graduates of the major of Social Sciences 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.

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Contact

Admissions Office
admissions@lyndonstate.edu
Vail 305
1-800-225-1998