Social Sciences

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October 17, 2016 

| The importance of Social Science to Public Policy - Click here to download the event flyer

October 25, 2016 

| Meet and Greet the Department Chair - 10am - 1pm, Social Science Auditorium

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.

The Department of Social Sciences is a part of University-wide accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Social Studies, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


  1. National Association of Schools of Public Policy and Administration
  2. The National Council for Social Studies
  3. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education


  • Attorney/Legal Assistant
  • City/Town/County Manager
  • Congressional Staff Member
  • Finance Officer
  • Court Administrator
  • Police/Fire Department Administrator
  • Rural/Urban State Policy Planner
  • Social Security Claims Examiner
  • Medicaide Fraud Investigator


  • Grant Coordinator
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Researchers
  • School Finance Administrator
  • Manager of College Relations
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Program Review Analyst


  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Environmental Activist
  • Consumer Credit Counselor
  • Accessibility Advocate
  • Fund Raiser
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Co-op Manager
  • Community Organizer


  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Benefits and Staff Development Manager
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Insurance Appeals Coordinator
  • Newspaper Columnist/Reporter
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Management Consultant

The Department of Social Science is located in the W.A. Butts Social Sciences Building. There are 20 classrooms for teaching, a seminar room, two computer centers, 19 faculty offices, and a faculty lounge. The building also has a large auditorium that is used for various activities.