Interdisciplinary social sciences, humanities or liberal studies offer intellectually challenging opportunities to help you gain critical perspectives on yourself and the world.

Clarkson offers interdisciplinary degrees in humanities, social sciences and liberal studies. You can also minor in these areas, as well as in interdisciplinary thematic areas. These degree programs offer a great deal of flexibility, allowing substantial elective choice. As a student, you work closely with an advisor to select both major and elective courses that meet your educational and career goals. If you are minoring in this area, you also choose courses in consultation with your advisor. Ultimately, you gain an awareness of cultural and social diversity and the ability to assess the ethical and social implications of science, technology and business.

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Career Opportunities

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Humanities, interdisciplinary social sciences and interdisciplinary liberal studies majors shine in careers where critical thinking, historical perspective and strong writing skills are essential for success. A few of those careers include those in education, law, business, not-for-profits and start-ups.

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Interdisciplinary social sciences/humanities/liberal studies majors devote 28 of the total 120 credit hours to program-specific classes. This gives you flexibility to narrow your area of interest with minors, concentrations or double majors. Take courses such as :

  • Introducing the Liberal Arts
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Introduction to Culture and Society
  • Environmental Policy
  • Globalization

Humanities Major Curriculum


Humanities and social sciences offers minors that consist of a coherent set of five courses beyond The Clarkson Seminar, plus completion of a Minor Portfolio.

Humanities Minor Curriculum

All Clarkson Minors

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

You will work with humanities and social sciences faculty on research projects in history, film, philosophy, etc. You also have the opportunity to work with fellow students and professors on cross-campus, interdisciplinary research in the areas of environment, health, gender and sexuality, and business.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

As a student at Clarkson, you have the opportunity to apply for the Washington and N.Y. Assembly Internships. These unique opportunities allow you to attend American University in Washington D.C. for a semester or intern at the N.Y. State Assembly. In Washington, you will take 12 university credits worth of classes and an extraordinary array of internships. Clarkson students attending the Washington Semester have worked for the World Bank, NBC, Greenpeace, Homeland Security and as legislative aides to members of Congress. The Albany internships allow you to contribute to the ongoing development of state policy in the assembly.

Regional and local internships are also available for you at museums, not-for-profits and other educational organizations.

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