Students studying the social sciences are committed to the pursuit of social justice, the enhancement of everyone’s quality of life, and the development of the full potential of each person, group, and community in society. We cover diverse areas of study and help you broaden your understanding of people and cultures. Through candid discussions on topics such as inequality, class structure, criminal behavior, social systems, and interpersonal relationships, you learn about effective ways of working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Apply Your Research
The social sciences give you a better understanding of individuals, communities, and the world. Internships, clinical practica, and fieldwork opportunities enable you to put theory into action and gain experience in professional settings.
Analyze the Roots of Human Behavior
Social sciences majors explore the whys and hows of human interaction, behavior, communication, and mental processes.
Explore the Sociological Imagination
Social problems are multilayered and complex. Our courses encourage you to investigate the connections between individual and society to develop solutions to contemporary issues.
The Elms Experience
Gaming the Social SystemAssociate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Rivers and her students are researching the effects of gaming on empathy and ethical decision making.Next
Marta Armata '04Social worker Marta Armata ’04 found her purpose after transferring to Elms College. The Warsaw native now helps people find the resources they need to succeed in society.PreviousNext
CJ Majors Earn Local ScholarshipHannah Pichardo '21 and Manuel Savalza '21 are each one step closer to careers in criminal justice thanks to earning scholarships from the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Springfield.PreviousNext
Dionna Lockett '19Social work major Dionna Lockett ’19 is taking steps to achieve post-incarceration justice for a more equitable future. Her internship at a local courthouse was the first step in achieving that dream.Previous
Gaming the Social System
Marta Armata '04
CJ Majors Earn Local Scholarship
Dionna Lockett '19