Social Sciences

Students who pursue the major in Social Sciences gain a broad-based education that includes experience with at least three of the principal social science disciplines: Economics, History, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology.

At the same time, the major is designed to provide interdisciplinary, integrated experiences which, while capitalizing on the strengths of each of the disciplines involved, help students to perceive the concepts and methodologies which underlie and integrate the fields.

Successful graduates of the major find it a useful foundation for law school, for post-graduate study in one of the social science disciplines, or for direct entry into a variety of professions such as government service or education. Internship opportunities are available to students while they are at the College, and are recommended as valuable additional preparation for the beginning of a career path. Indeed, the College has an extensive existing array of internship sites and additional locales are added according to student interests. With New York City so close, there are many diverse internship possibilities.


For full information and for the specific requirements for each social science area of emphasis, please go to the college catalog. Note: the ‘area of emphasis’ can be any one of the following: criminal justice, economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology/anthropology.

Two to four required courses plus electives in area of emphasis (Total of 18 credits)

Three courses in each of two other supporting social science areas from the list above (Total of 18 credits)

SS 472 Social Science Seminar (3 credits)

The Major in Social Sciences

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science will select one of the following emphases:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology

Meet the Coordinator

Coordinator: Paul Bonk, Ph.D
Phone: (845) 848-4073
Fax: (845) 359-8025