Welcome to the School of Social Sciences!

The Social Sciences provide excellent preparation for living and working in our increasingly complex, globalized world.  Our local communities, not to mention our workplaces, are becoming more diverse not only in terms of where our neighbors and colleagues come from, but also in their values and behaviors.  Learning to live and work in diverse communities, residential or professional, with increased understanding and minimal conflict is a necessity of daily living.  The social sciences provide competence in the knowledge and skills necessary to meet this necessity. 

Social scientists focus on understanding human behavior.  Though the focus is the same, the complexity of human behavior requires a wide range of approaches and methods to understand it.  This is reflected in the range of departments and majors that comprise the School.  Ten departments offer 11 bachelor’s degrees, 11 minors and 5 Master’s degrees.  Although you may  be familiar with many of the disciplines represented, you may be surprised by the range of issues each addresses.  On the other hand, you may not yet even be familiar with the discipline that most closely matches your own interests and aspirations.  Fortunately, you can explore the different disciplines and majors while fulfilling your General Education requirements.

Many prospective students, or their parents, ask “What can you do with a degree in . . .?”  In a recent survey, 93 percent of employers who responded reported that "a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate's] undergraduate major."1  These are exactly the kinds of skills that a degree in the Social Sciences provides.  The fact is, a degree in the social sciences prepares you for many jobs.  But more importantly, it prepares you for a career and a life.  Skills such as creative complex problem solving, critical thinking, intercultural skills, applied knowledge in real-world settings, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work with others are not only fundamental to many positions and roles in life, but are the skills and abilities most frequently cited by employers. 

Again, welcome to the School of Social Sciences.  If you are interested in the complexity and diversity of humanity, then this is the place to be.

John Wingard
John Wingard
Interim Dean, School of Social Sciences
(707) 664-2112
wingard@sonoma.edu