SSIS Departments & Programs



Anthropology introduces students to the influence of evolutionary, cultural, and historical processes on peoples’ lived experiences.

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Asian Studies

Asian Studies seeks to prepare students for a future in an economically and politically important and interconnected Pacific Basin.

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The Economics major provides students with a liberal education with special emphasis on the economic aspects of society.

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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies helps students understand environmental issues in their political, social, and scientific context.

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Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies major explores the histories, cultures, and issues which define and shape ethnic group experiences in the United States.

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Family & Consumer Sciences

FACS provides knowledge and skills that will enhance the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

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Gerontology promotes and supports longevity and quality of life through health promotion and assistance with elder care issues.

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The Government major maximizes students' capacity to analyze and interpret the dynamics of political events and governmental processes.

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Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major educates beginning teachers in the wide-ranging subject matter that will prepare them to become effective teachers.

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Psychology faculty and students teach, learn, research and practice in the field of psychology with dedication and enthusiasm.

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Public Policy & Administration

PPA prepares students for a career in public service management, budgeting, and analysis, with consideration of ethics and the public good.

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Social Science

This interdisciplinary program prepares students for graduate studies, professional leadership careers, or a social science teaching credential.

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Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

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Women's Studies

The field of Women’s Studies is dedicated to studying women’s lives and facilitating political activism and community participation.