About the School of Social Sciences

globeThe social sciences are intimately concerned with human behavior in all its complexity and with the many kinds of social relationships, which influence us as we grow and change as unique individuals throughout our lives. To adequately comprehend the state of the human condition, the interaction of humans and their environment--past, present, and future--must be examined. Social scientists are interested in discovering the ways in which people are affected by their associations with various human groups, both large and small, including the multiplicity of organizations and institutions that characterize modern society. Through the social sciences, the history of social institutions and the continuing process of social change are studied.

The School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State encompasses a particularly interesting combination of departments and programs. A student can choose from a variety of opportunities, ranging from the core of "traditional" social science fields with an emphasis on applications (Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology), to various cross-disciplinary programs (Environmental Studies and Planning, Global Studies, Human Development, and Women's and Gender Studies), to programs with a professional emphasis (Counseling, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, and Public Administration).

The School oversees several respected centers and institutes, among them the Anthropological Studies Center, the Center for Sustainable Community, the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis, and the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide..

All Social Science programs permit enough flexibility to allow students to select some course work from other areas of the social sciences. Students in the social sciences have opportunities to study with faculty members who are working in a wide spectrum of interests, including such areas as human services, political activities, multi-cultural education, and energy studies.

At SSU, a special working relationship between the liberal arts and sciences and professional social science fields has been developed. The University's goal is to teach students to become sensitive and skilled leaders who will strive toward the achievement of a more enlightened society.

We are committed to developing working relationships with our students through classes, internships and research.