2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Humanities and Social Sciences Department

Chairperson: Dawn Gilley

Faculty: Joel Benson, Luke Campbell, John Carr, Kimberly Casey, Brett Chloupek, Mark Corson, Patricia Drews, James Eiswert, Richard Field, Elyssa Ford, Jessica Gracey, Theodore Goudge, Brian Hesse, Ming-Chih Hung, David Jerome, Matthew Johnson, Kevin Romig, Devlin Scofield, Daniel Smith, Kamala Tabor, Dana Ternus, Robert Voss, Yi-Hwa Wu

Statement of Mission

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences includes the disciplinary areas of geography, geographic information science, history, humanities, philosophy, political science, social science education, and emergency and disaster management, thus serving a kaleidoscope of constituencies on campus. Throughout the department, academic experiences that embrace broad, general, liberal education as well as applied skills encourage students to be inquisitive, creative, and imaginative as well as functional. The department strives to prepare students to be adaptable and flexible in their occupational and professional pursuits but ever cognizant of and responsible to the human and environmental conditions. The disciplines represented by the department should serve as a foundation upon which every person bases his or her professional career as well as being integral to their lives and the lives of those around them.

Degree Programs

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers thirteen majors, eleven minors and certification in middle and secondary school social sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts (59-61) and Bachelor of Science (62-64) degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences provide a broad education across the many disciplines within the Arts and Sciences. The program emphasizes fundamental skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and communication within the context of the seven core disciplines that comprise the major. The program is designed to be adaptable to the needs of the student by providing the opportunity to take additional electives in any of the discipline areas but still leaving enough room for electives outside the program.

The Bachelor of Arts (30 hours) and the Bachelor of Science (37 hours) degrees in Geography provide students the opportunity to prepare themselves to pursue positions in government, business, education, urban and regional planning, environmental analysis, and natural resource management. The comprehensive Bachelor of Science (53-54 hours) degree in Geographic Information Science prepares students for careers that apply GIS and related geospatial technologies to these fields.

The Bachelor of Arts (36 hours) and Bachelor of Science in History (39 hours) provide a traditional liberal arts program and prepares students for careers in such diverse areas as government, public service, business and industry, archives, museums, historical preservation, writing and research.

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (31 hours) provides students with the rich history of the Western philosophical tradition and the values of free, impartial and disciplined inquiry embodied therein. The major in philosophy fosters skills of critical thinking and clear expression which are transferable to any field, and integrates philosophical study with other fields through interdisciplinary electives.

A Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Social Science (54 hours) draws upon economics, geography, government, history and sociology in providing preparation for teaching social science. This major must be completed as a part of the B.S.Ed. degree, Secondary Education Program, thus meeting Missouri teacher certification standards for social studies grades 9-12, as well as preparing the student to become a facilitator for lifelong learning in a world of diversity and change. This is a comprehensive major; no minor is required. However, students are free to complete a minor in another field appropriate to the B.S.Ed. degree, Secondary Program, if seeking another teaching area.

The Bachelor of Arts (31 hours) and Bachelor of Science (37 hours) degrees in Political Science introduce the student to the decision-making processes that guide, direct and determine a society’s behavior. Courses focus on the politics and administration of government and factors involved in the competition for political power. The political science program prepares students for a number of careers as well as advanced study in law, municipal planning, city management, urban affairs, education and public policy analysis.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management (36 hours) uses a multi-disciplinary approach to study crisis, drawing from courses and faculty in communications, geography, psychology, and social sciences. In addition to the crisis management core, multiple options, and electives within those options, provide flexibility so that students can tailor the major to their individual and specific academic and professional needs. This approach provides the student with both theoretical and practical knowledge that is valued in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Minors are available in the areas of liberal arts and sciences, geography, geographic information science, history, humanities, philosophy, public history, criminology, political science, public administration, international relations, and emergency and disaster management. These minor programs assist students interested in a variety of careers, including museum studies, archives, historic preservation, national park service, law enforcement, juvenile justice, theology, crisis management, business and graduate studies.

Test-Out Policy

Credit by examination through the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is not available for courses in this catalog.

Department Policies

All students selecting majors or minors in this department must have a departmental advisor from the appropriate area who shall approve all programs, deviations or options. An advisement file shall be maintained on each major as well as for each minor. Advanced standing requirements for each of the majors in the department are indicated preceding each major.