Division of Social Sciences & History

Undergraduate Programs

The Division of Social Sciences offers ten degree programs; five at the undergraduate level and five at the graduate level. These programs offer students solid opportunities for cultural and professional development for careers in teaching, Social Justice and Criminology, one of the subfields of Social Science, or preparation for graduate or professional study. It also aims to serve students majoring in other academic areas by introducing them to the various areas of Social Sciences and History.

History students at Delta State acquire a broad understanding of the major events, themes, and developments of American, European, and World History.  Here, students develop an understanding of historiography and the historian’s craft.  This includes the ability to think critically, write persuasively, and analyze historically.  Doing so enables our graduates to gain cross cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives about the past, as well as current events.

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is a combination of the best from the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences traditions.  Students receive a strong foundation in the sub-disciplines, from political philosophy and theory, through American institutions and across comparative politics and international relations, as well as in several methodologies. Because of our small class sizes, instructors are able to work closely with students, cultivating relationships that lead to valuable experiences in and beyond the classroom.

Whether you are an experienced professional in the criminal justice field or a recent high school or community college graduate considering a career in criminal justice, the Social Justice and Criminology Program at Delta State University has something to offer you. Delta State is unique in that it provides students with small class sizes and matches each student with a faculty advisor to oversee their progress through the program. The Social Justice and Criminology Program at Delta State offers a Bachelor of Science designed to provide students with a strong foundation in justice and law, ethics, and criminological theory, as well as focusing on how the criminal justice system in the United States compares to those in other countries.


So, what do we study?

  • A wide range of social problems
  • Social institutions – their structures, and how they affect human behavior and how they are affected by human behavior
  • Fascinating insights and diverse theoretical perspectives to help  interpret, explain, and understand:
    • political matters
    • environmental concerns
    • the criminal justice system
    • community and economic development processes
  • Political science where governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior are studied
  • Geography where the physical earth and its features and patterns, and spatial-social relationships are examined

In general, social science students gain an appreciation for the intellectual, historical, and political accomplishments of humankind. Our approach related to the concentration in Geography encourages problem solving that utilizes spatial reasoning and the analysis of questions at multiple spatial scales: local, regional, national, and global.

The Social Science Education program provides students with the opportunity to pursue challenging studies in education to prepare them for careers as teachers.  Delta State University offers two degrees in Social Science Education: the Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education and the Masters of Education in Social Sciences.


Definition and Nature of Our Work

Secondary school teachers instruct students in junior and senior high schools. They conduct classes in academic subjects, such as English and mathematics, or skills, such as mechanical drawing and woodworking. They start with the basics and add complexity to spur students’ imaginations and intellects and to prepare them for advanced education and jobs as adults.

Teachers also help their colleagues plan courses that use new methods and materials and organize extracurricular activities such as sports and social groups. They work as teams that include school administrators, school counselors, and school psychologists. Their work goes beyond the classroom to include parents, parent groups, and community and governmental agencies.

Junior high school teachers instruct students in the seventh to ninth grades, while high school teachers instruct the tenth to twelfth grades. In some school districts, junior high schools have been replaced by middle or intermediate schools, which start with the fifth grade

Because a broad background is recommended for those preparing for law school, students planning to enter the legal profession can consider either the Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree.