Humanities consists of branches of learning concerned with social and moral thought. This includes history, literature, the arts, religion and philosophy. Humanities offers a broad perspective on the relationship between self and society.
The Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences offers three degree programs:
The study of history helps the student better understand issues of importance in the modern world, fosters an enjoyment of history and makes the student's interest in the past a discriminating one. Course work involves training in the use of historical sources as a means for developing a critical faculty, a spirit of inquiry and open-mindedness. In addition to history's cultural significance, a historical approach to problem solving for modern-day events is of value to those intending to take up such professions as teaching, law, journalism, politics, the ministry, or civil or diplomatic services. The student majoring in History is required to take at least one (1) upper-division course in each of three areas: United States, European and Non-Western History. A major is also offered in Social Studies with an Emphasis in History to teach at the secondary level. The licensure is Secondary Social Studies.
Sociology studies the social forces and influences that structure human activity and experience. The discipline gives particular attention to configurations of groups and relationships as well as routines of everyday and organized social life. By examining, in addition, cultural values and meanings through which humans express and define themselves, sociology offers special insight of how larger social and cultural patterns infuse peoples' lives. Having as its core a comparative methodology, multi-cultural, cross-cultural and global perspectives are central. Students may major or minor in sociology.
The discipline of criminal justice studies the nature, types, causes, conditions and consequences of crime in society. The program devotes significant attention to society's organized response to crime in the form of police, courts, judicial processes and corrections. Closely allied to sociology in both content and perspective, a comparative orientation highlights cross-cultural differences in how societies conceptualize crime and administer justice. Issues and problems of crime in society are considered throughout the criminal justice curriculum. Including an internship, the criminal justice program offers student preparation for careers in criminal justice or related fields. Students may major or minor in criminal justice.