Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
In many ways the disciplines within the department represent the heart of the university experience: culture, geography, philosophy, history, law, government. Since the time of the ancient world, these have been the core of learning. And in the modern world these disciplines remain not only universals but are also increasingly important. In an increasingly smaller world, the global nature of the humanities and social sciences prepares students for life in the 21st century. Employers, recognizing the trend toward globalization, are seeking employees trained in these areas. In a world growing more complex by the moment, these disciplines are the bedrock of human existence, the very foundation upon which every person bases his or her professional career and very being.
The primary emphasis of the department is to provide a broad, liberal education, one that encourages students to be adaptable and flexible in their professional pursuits while at the same time training them to be good citizens of the earth. The faculty cares about each student as an individual, recognizing our responsibility to provide the best possible educational experience.
The discipline areas of history, humanities, philosophy, and political science are housed in the Valk Center with modern classrooms, close access to faculty offices, and convenient student gathering spaces for collaborative learning.
The Garrett-Strong Science Building houses the disciplines of geography and geographic information science. Our state-of-the-art computing center provides students with some of the latest hardware and software for spatial analysis, image processing, cadastral mapping, computer cartography, global positioning systems and geographic information systems.