Shape the Society of Tomorrow Through a Variety of Perspectives
Investigate how societies function and evolve. By applying perspectives across political science, anthropology, sociology and other subjects, interdisciplinary social sciences majors acquire the analytical and quantitative tools to propose innovative solutions to today's pressing issues.
At the same time, develop the soft skills that are in demand in today's economy. Learn how to communicate better, conduct original research, collaborate with peers across different majors and hone creative problem-solving. See how this degree can set you up for success.
Why Major in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Clarkson?
Our program sets itself apart in three distinct ways:
- Broad perspectives: Our flexible curriculum lets you explore your interests and passions across a wide variety of disciplines. This is where you can combine your love of politics with biological research or an interest in gender studies with data analytics.
- External field requirement: Complete courses in a pre-professional external field of your choice, like business, communications and media, pre-law, pre-medicine, etc. This combination gives you an advantage in the job market and makes it easier to integrate the skills you're learning through your major in a real-world, applied setting.
- Technological competencies: Use Clarkson's state-of-the-art computing resources and laboratories as you pursue your own interests. Plus, the interdisciplinary nature of the major means you learn from classmates immersed in more tech-heavy coursework.
Courses focus on current social and political issues and center on hands-on learning. Our approach is to apply the theoretical frameworks and research methods of the social sciences to real-world scenarios. By the time you graduate, your multifaceted skills can pave the way to a role in business, advertising, digital humanities, media, government or another field.
What You'll Learn
In addition to our two requirements — Introducing the Liberal Arts and Major Research Seminar — students take courses in political science, anthropology, sociology and pre-professional electives. The curriculum is flexible enough to complete a minor or second major, if you choose to do so.
Some of the courses include:
- Advanced Topics
- Introducing Liberal Arts
- Introduction to Gender
- Introduction to Human Geography
- Introduction to Sexuality
- Social and Political Issues in the Adirondacks