Mississippi Valley State University

October 1, 2014

Why Social Sciences?

The Social Sciences Department at Mississippi Valley State University emphasizes and promotes excellence in teaching and learning. The department houses the following programs: History, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Science Education, Sociology, and a Graduate Program in Rural Public Policy and Planning. We pride ourselves on being a community of scholars who make a difference in students' lives.

Whatever the students' academic discipline, our faculty apply social science theories and research to real-world concerns. We engage in research, not only for academic publication, but also for public education. As a department we realize that research and action are fundamental to educating a new generation of scholars.

We endeavor to provide competent, supporting faculty and to offer relevant curricula that will assist in preparing students to enter and thrive in an ever-changing global environment. More specifically, our department strives to:

  1. Prepare students for entry-level positions in either the public, private, or non-profit sector;
  2. Prepare students for course work at the graduate level;
  3. Help students devlop the ability to think critically and reason logically;
  4. Assist students in achieving personal and career goals;
  5. Prepare students for responsible roles in society.

Students major in the Social Science because they want to change the world. We provide the skills so they can.