Social Science

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:

Anthropology
Cultural History
Economics
Environmental Studies
Politics
Psychology
Sociology

Social Science Faculty

Seth Harter
Asian Studies and History

Carol Hendrickson
Anthropology

Dana Howell
Cultural History

Gerald Levy
Sociology

Meg Mott
Political Theory

Kate Ratcliff
American Studies

Kat Rickenbacker
Sociology

Lynette Rummel
Political Science

James Tober
Environmental Studies and Economics

Thomas Toleno
Psychology