When you choose to minor or major in social sciences at Dominican College 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 for understanding and working with people. Inherent in the various social science focuses—criminal justice, history, politics, psychology, and sociology—is the goal of understanding 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 join one or several honors societies:

  •  Membership of Alpha Chi is open to all students who meet the academic, leadership and community service requirements
  •  If you concentrate on criminal justice, you might choose to join Alpha Phi Sigma
  •  Pi Gamma Mu [insert description]
  •  Alpha Phi Sigma [insert description]

No matter what concentration you choose you’ll complete a major capstone research project at the end of your social sciences degree where you’ll write a 20-25 page research paper. This experience is fantastic preparation for future jobs or further 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-college 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 College 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 College 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

CSWE Accreditation

The Dominican College Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited at the undergraduate level by The Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.), located at1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3421


Department Staff

Dr. Paul S. Bonk, Ph.D

Dr. Paul S. Bonk, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator of Social Sciences

Dr. Michael Ainette, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Ainette, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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

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 Bonnie Raab, B.A.

Professor Bonnie Raab, B.A.

Director of Field Education

Dr. Scott White

Dr. Scott White

Assistant Professor of History, History Internship Coordinator and College Archivist

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