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Mission Statement and Degree Programs

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 anthropology, community development, criminal justice, 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 Madison Center for the Study of Democracy, Human Rights and the Constitution.

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: