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Social Sciences

The social sciences are interested in what people do and why they do it. This may mean looking at an individual, a group, an institution and a culture all in one breath. You might conduct your study through library research, field research, history or social theory. Your approach might be qualitative or it might involve statistics and other quantitative measures.

The social sciences area has a strong connection to the World Studies Program, and we work closely with history, religion and American studies in the humanities. There are also connections to the arts and natural sciences. Our program is organized around interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary instruction: while a student may find a set of courses that define one discipline, many of the courses encourage broad study that connects to other areas and disciplines.

The questions you ask, the approach you follow, the theories that guide you, the hypotheses, analyses and observations that you make are part of what each discipline within the social sciences is structured to teach. As you examine each of the disciplines below you will see courses that do more than introduce you to a discipline. To repeat: they are designed to allow you to make connections to world issues, to other disciplines and to other areas of Marlboro’s curriculum. They are followed by intermediate courses that take on more depth of study, and finally you will glimpse an advanced course (or tutorial) that may fit your Plan and project interests. Most likely, you and your Plan sponsors will tailor the advanced tutorials to meet your needs.

Degree fields:

History (See also: Cultural History)
Environmental Studies

Social Science Faculty

Adam Franklin-LyonsAdam Franklin-Lyons 

 Jennifer Girouard


Seth Harter
Asian Studies and History

Meg Mott
Political Theory

Kate Ratcliff
American Studies

Lynette Rummel
Political Science

Nelli Sargsyan


Thomas Toleno