What influences human behavior?
How has society changed in recent years?
Who benefits from our political systems?
Why do people in other cultures do things that are sometimes so different than us?
These everyday questions are explored in the social sciences, a group of academic areas that systematically study human life experience.
We have the capability to connect—and in fact are connected—with each other in a variety of ways. Thus, we can think of ourselves as individuals who are part of a broader picture—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. There are many different ways that we could connect the pieces 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 social scientific methods of inquiry are utilized to create an understanding of contemporary humanity.
Landmark College’s Social Science Department understands the human experience as both self-oriented and social; our psychology courses emphasize the individual, while our anthropology, political science, and sociology courses cast a broader, social net in their realms of inquiry.
The Social Sciences Department Award is granted to a student who has demonstrated strong interest and high achievement in the Social Sciences. 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 courses the student has enrolled in. In addition, winning candidates will have accumulated a record of exceptional achievement in the fields of Social Science as reflected in the grades they have received in the department’s courses.