Social Sciences & Education

Who hasn’t, in certain circumstances, felt rather cut off and alone—sort of like the differentially colored, unconnected puzzle pieces you see in the accompanying visual?

Fortunately, as isolated as we may feel at times, we also have the capability to connect—and in fact are connected—with each other in a variety of ways. Thus, we can also think of ourselves as individuals who are part of a broader puzzle—namely, society—via friendships, formal “brick-and-mortar” institutions (colleges, business corporations, houses of worship), less formal institutions (the family, marriage), cultural values and norms, social networks, and other means. Clearly, there are a number of different ways that we could conceivably connect the pieces in this puzzle and in so doing reconcile the individual with the social, so that we understand them not as compartmentalized but rather as inexorably intertwined.

The Social Sciences help students to understand the human condition from the diverse perspectives of anthropology, psychology, political science and sociology. All courses share the goal of uncovering how scientific methods of inquiry are utilized to create an understanding of contemporary humanity. Introductory courses discuss fundamental concepts, theories and controversies within a discipline, and 2000-level courses offer students the opportunity to examine a variety of social science topics in depth.

Education courses introduce students to teaching methods and learning processes integral to current educational practices in the United States. They examine the relationships among cognition, behavior, social development, culture and learning. Selected courses also help students to develop a deeper understanding of their own learning styles and differences. For example, the Learning Disabilities Seminar provides students with an overview of dyslexia, ADHD, and other specific learning disabilities, and allows students to report on their own learning differences in light of the information presented in the course.

Landmark College’s Social Science and Education Department accordingly understands the human experience as both self-oriented and social; our Psychology courses tend to emphasize the individual unit of analysis, while our Anthropology, Education, Political Science, and Sociology courses respectively cast a broader, “social” net in establishing their realms of inquiry.

Department Award

The “Social Science-Education Department Award” is granted to a student who has demonstrated strong interest and high achievement in the Social Sciences and/or Education. The interest will be evident in the student’s display of enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity and engagement in the classroom and in the number of Social Science and/or Education courses the student has enrolled in. In addition, winning candidates will have accumulated a record of exceptional achievement in the fields of Social Science and/or Education as reflected in the grades they have received in the department’s courses.


Solvegi Shmulsky
Chair, Social Science and Education Department