The social sciences deal in systematic, empirical ways with human nature.

Social Sciences Course Offerings

SSCI 127 Cultural Imperialism and Hegemony in the Caribbean – C-BB 
This course will introduce students to the vitally complex region of the Caribbean — a region defined by centuries of colonial domination, plantation slavery, and the popular struggle over the economic promise of sugar, coffee, and tobacco. The scope of the course will cover a broad range of topics beginning with an overview of pre-Columbian cultures and indigenous settlement through European contact and colonial imperialism (via plantation slavery), to eventual decolonization. The course will conclude with a contemporary analysis of the Caribbean region’s rise to U.S. hegemony, the Caribbean diaspora, and the effects of modernization and global capitalism on the region. More specifically, the course topic will be explored through a socio-political context, guiding students to consider the role hegemonic power structures have played in shaping the lives of those who have been historically marginalized or oppressed. Moreover, students will then be pushed to consider whether cultural imperialism and hegemony are still present in the Caribbean region, particularly on the island of St. Lucia.

SSCI 224 Basic Statistics – GS8 C-QR
Introduction to the basic statistical concepts and techniques (including computer-based software programs) for data analysis in the non-business social sciences. Includes descriptive statistics, random sampling and probability, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing and parametric/nonparametric inferential statistics. Intended for students in education, political science, psychology and sociology; also appropriate for students in the natural sciences. Prerequisite: advanced high school algebra or MATH 102. Recommended sophomore standing or above.

SSCI 301 Environment and Society – GS11 C-PN
This course familiarizes students with an array of environmental issues concerning human interaction with the natural world. Environmental problems are present at all scales ranging from local to global — and in our everyday lives. The course will examine, via lecture and discussion/lab sessions, varied examples of environmental issues — their causes, dimensions, and distributions. The course will explore proven or possible solutions, and “trade-offs” associated with these solutions. Topics include basic ecological principles, the value of biodiversity, human population issues, food production, air and water pollution, and energy resources and use. Offered each semester. Cannot be used by Biology majors or Environmental Science majors to fulfill GS11 credit. Students may not take both SSCI 301 and ENVS 300 for credit.

SSCI 389 Special Topics
An interdisciplinary course which deals with topics involving two or more social sciences. May be team-taught by faculty from the academic areas from which the topic has emerged. Enrollment will normally be limited to upper-division students. This course may be repeated since the topics will vary.

SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations – GS12 C-DD
The exploration of social inequality will move beyond the place of individuals in society and try to understand how social inequality is a feature of society. Students will see themselves in some of what they are studying and they will find much of the subject matter familiar. At the same time, the course is intended to encourage students to think in different ways about some of what is “known” and taken for granted in large sections of society. Students will read materials that may present perspectives far different from what they have heard before. It is expected that students will be surprised, perplexed, challenged and perhaps angered by some of the material. Moreover, because the course examines issues that affect us daily, this course will elicit more than intellectual growth. Since each person is a part of the world and occupies positions in systems of social inequality, students will find themselves dealing with emotional and spiritual questions about who they are and where they fit into the world.