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Department of Social Sciences, Sociology, and Criminology

Department of Social Sciences, Sociology, and Criminology

Our department houses the disciplines of geography, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, criminology, anthropology and the Social Sciences Secondary Education Program.

Social Science is a group of disciplines that study the human aspects of the world we live in. There is an emphasis on the use of the scientific method to study humanity, including using both quantitative and qualitative methods in research.

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When you dive deep into a major in the Department of Social Sciences, Sociology and Criminology at ESU, you’re diving into the human mission: to craft a better world. Courses are designed to let you explore the society we are a part of, to understand the principles and problems of social behavior. Award-winning faculty then invite conversation about what we can do about it.

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