About the Department

The Department of Social Sciences at DSU assists students in the development of their skills and understanding to the level at which they will contribute to a global community. As a student, you will not only gain a knowledge of the structure of social and political discourse and the heritage of other civilizations, you will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills in preparation for a successful career in education, government, or the private sector.

Majors and Programs

Bachelor's Degrees

Associate Degrees

Career Options

Human society is ever changing and there are limitless opportunities for students who enter professions which help improve the quality of life. Social environments, cultural and historical heritage, social and political systems and the psychological nature of your personal existence are the areas of learning in the Department of Social Sciences at Dickinson State University.

Students will critically analyze and evaluate possible solutions to problems; learn the materials and methodologies necessary for successful teaching, graduate study and professional development; prepare for a wide variety of careers in both the private and public sectors of the economy; actively participate in the social and political affairs of the United States and the world community; develop a lifelong interest in the social sciences; and communicate about social issues in a creative and informed manner.

Social Science Degree

The social science degree at Dickinson State University prepares students who plan future careers in law, economics, politics, public administration, urban planning, and gerontology. In addition, the social sciences offer valuable preparation for careers specializing in family health, environmental issues, sports, the military, law enforcement and criminal justice.

Job prospects for social science graduates are excellent. Teaching at the elementary or secondary level is the goal of those who attain a Bachelor of Science degree in education and this degree can be used as a stepping stone to university level teaching if the student pursues an advanced degree.

History Degree

Graduates with degrees in history may choose to go into law, government service, the diplomatic corps, journalism, tourism, or museum or archival work.

Historians also are actively recruited by publishing firms, historic societies, research organizations, and libraries.

Social Work Degree

Social work graduates pursue careers in adoption, child care, counseling, recreation and juvenile issues. They also work with probation and parole, government agencies, family and youth services, hospital social services, labor unions, social service agencies and housing authorities. Other possibilities include working with regional planning councils, services to the elderly, substance abuse programs, services to the handicapped, mental health centers, and protective services for children and senior citizens. A growing number of social worker positions are also opening up private practice.

Psychology Degree

The psychology program prepares individuals for careers in various areas, including social services agencies, the criminal justice system, hospitals, clinics, and other mental health organizations. The psychology program is also highly appropriate for those who wish to prepare themselves for graduate study in theoretical or applied psychology.

Extracurricular Programs

The Science and Humanities Festival at DSU comprises a collaborative group of scholars, teachers, researchers and people excited about examining the intersections between diverse topics. The richest academic ideas emerge from an interdisciplinary approach.

By drawing on the talent and resources of educators from across the state, the Science and Humanities Festival creates a space for history and science to be celebrated in a way that is appealing to an academic and general audience. The atmosphere of the festival invites dialogue between scholars and the general public. All presentations include time to respond to questions and create connections with the audience.

Exploring different disciplines enables attendees to examine subjects from a wider perspective than ever before.