Division of Social Sciences & History

About the Division

Mission Statement

The Division of Social Sciences and History educates undergraduate and graduate students, provides expertise, leadership and energy to Delta State University, and interacts with and encourages the empowerment of the wider Mississippi Delta. Students develop intellectual curiosity, tolerance of and openness to different views and values, cultivate critical thinking and strong written and oral communication skills through seminars, community engagement, lectures and field activities via in-class, on-line, and hybrid instruction formats in the areas of community development, geography, history, paralegal studies, political science, pre-law, social justice and criminology, and sociology. The Division provides excellent advising and professional development programs. Students are exposed to an extraordinary educational experience that raises them to their highest potential as scholars and as effective citizens who help create strong and resilient communities. These endeavors are strengthened by two centers of excellence: the Center for Community Engagement and the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement.

Degree Programs

The Division of Social Sciences and History (DSSH) houses ten operational academic degree programs. Two certificate programs were also housed in the DSSH during the 2012-2013 academic year. The ten degree programs and two certificate programs housed within the DSSH are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Science in Education–Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Justice and Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences
    • Geography
    • Global Studies
    • Social Science
    • Sociology
  • Master of Science in Community Development
  • Master of Science in Social Justice and Criminology
  • Master of Education, Secondary Education–History
  • Master of Education, Secondary Education–Social Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
    • English and Literature
    • Geography
    • History
    • Sociology
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice

General Views of Social Sciences

  • A good grasp of a range of social science perspectives is key for developing a scientific and humanistic interpretation of the social world; thus, by engaging in discussions and critical thinking, social science students have a distinct advantage in viewing the world in an interpretive way.
  • Students are given opportunities to apply concepts and theories learned in solving practical societal problems.
  • Social science students use facts and ideas to learn to think differently about their own lives, social behaviors, and the society in which they live; and, to begin to critically interpret and explain some of the differences that they observe around them.
  • Social science majors develop critical thinking skills that can positively impact graduate and professional programs in any of the above fields of studies!