When you choose to major or minor in social sciences at Dominican University you’ll gain a broad-based, interdisciplinary education through in-depth study into at least three main social science disciplines as well as the concepts and methodologies that underlie and integrate the fields.

While multidisciplinary and wide-ranging, the credit requirements of our social science degree will still leave plenty of room for you to pursue additional interests or prepare for career paths that require an advanced degree.

As a whole, the social sciences will prepare you to understand more fully the multiplicity of the human condition.  Whether the area of concentration is criminal justice, history, politics, psychology, or sociology, the inherent focus is to understand what shapes human behavior and how to work with people in various circumstances. This provides an excellent foundation for graduate and professional programs in a variety of fields, and for a wide-range of career paths.  

Our courses allow you to develop hard and soft skills that will serve you well throughout your career and broader life. We offer optional internships to give you on-the-job training and the opportunity to qualify for membership in one or more honor societies:

  • Alpha Chi—the National College Honor Society
  • Alpha Phi Sigma—the National Honor Society for Criminal Justice
  • Phi Alpha—the National Honor Society for Social Work
  • Phi Alpha Theta—the National Honor Society for History
  • Pi Gamma Mu—the International Honor Society for the Social Sciences
  • Psi Chi—the International Honor Society for Psychology

No matter what concentration you choose you’ll complete an independent capstone research project at the end of your social sciences program under the close supervision of a faculty member. This experience provides valuable preparation for future jobs or graduate study as it will develop your independent and critical thinking, research, and communication skills beyond what is possible through a standard lesson format.

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An interdisciplinary social sciences degree to prepare you for an incredibly diverse range of rewarding careers

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-university athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

Thanks to a rigorous curriculum, supported and taught by incredible faculty, Dominican University has provided me with all the necessary tools and knowledge that I need to succeed in the field of social sciences. The small classes and dedicated faculty are just two of the many things I love about this school. 

 Zakary Rivera, ‘22

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Job Opportunities

Our social sciences degree will equip you for a wide variety of jobs and careers. Below are several examples, however, this list is by no means exhaustive. With the well-developed foundational skills and the broad-ranging knowledge base that the social sciences provide, the possibilities are endless.

Whether you think you’ll want a job straight out of college or are thinking about further study, here are the kinds of jobs you might pursue:

  • Development specialist
  • Social worker
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Paralegal
  • Urban planner
  • Market research analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Diversity manager
  • School counselor
  • Consulting
  • Research
  • Business and finance
  • Elected office
  • Political campaign manager
  • Community service
  • Advocacy
  • Teaching

What You’ll Learn

You’ll gain insight into what shapes human behavior and acquire critical skills for understanding and working with people across a variety of circumstances. You’ll also develop core, highly in-demand skills in areas such as critical reading and thinking, processing information from a variety of sources, and presenting material in a clear, coherent and grammatically accurate form.

Degree Details


Tuition

The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost to attend Dominican University for an academic year.

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Curriculum

Course structure

Whether you choose a social sciences major or minor, you’ll complete 39 credits, consisting of:

  •  Unit SS 472, which is ‘Social Science Seminar’ (3 credits)
  •  2-4 compulsory units and several electives from your chosen primary concentration (18 credits in total, the number of compulsory units depends on the concentration you choose)
  • Your choice of units from two other supporting Concentrations (9 credits each)


Concentrations

You can concentrate on any of the following subject areas:

You also have the option of pursuing a teaching degree along with your social sciences degree:

  •  B.A. Social Sciences with Preparation for Childhood Education
  •  B.A. Social Sciences with Preparation for Adolescence Education in Social Studies
  •  B.A. History with Preparation for Childhood Education


Department Staff

Dr. Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, Ph.D., MSW

Director of Social Work Program and Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Ainette, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Ainette, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Paul S. Bonk, Ph.D

Dr. Paul S. Bonk, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator of Social Sciences

Dr. David Chun, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. David Chun, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Blair Hoplight, B.S., B.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Blair Hoplight, B.S., B.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Melody Hyppolite, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Melody Hyppolite, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Kelly Johnson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Kelly Johnson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Department Coordinator, and Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Christopher Libertini, B.A., M.Ed, Ph.D

Dr. Christopher Libertini, B.A., M.Ed, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Social Sciences Division

Dr. Tara Parrello, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Tara Parrello, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Coordinator of Criminal Justice, and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Professor Bonni Raab, LCSW, DCSW

Professor Bonni Raab, LCSW, DCSW

Director of Social Work Field Education and Assistant Professor of Social Work

Ilya Slavinski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, Casey Hall, Room 18

Phone: (845) 848-4067

Email: Ilya.Slavinski@duny.edu

Dr. Scott White

Dr. Scott White

Assistant Professor of History, History Internship Coordinator and College Archivist

Maureen Aitchison

Maureen Aitchison

Administrative Assistant, Social Work, Casey Hall, Room 106

Phone: (845) 848-4077

Email: maureen.aitchison@duny.edu

Lisa Connolly

Lisa Connolly

Administrative Assistant, Division of Social Sciences, IRB Assistant

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