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The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences

Southern Vermont College offers the following degrees in The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences:



The Mission

The Southern Vermont College Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences prepares students for professional careers and graduate studies in criminal justice, human services, psychology, and history/politics built upon a liberal arts foundation. The faculty in the Division maintain the highest standards of disciplinary knowledge, theory, and practice. The Division seeks to impart to all students the value and importance of civic engagement

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the majors within this Division aims to help them develop the knowledge and skills necessary for their chosen profession. Students will explore how social science theories inform our understanding of everyday events. Through experiential learning in the classroom and practicum, students learn how such theories translate into behaviors that affect our daily lives. The curriculum focuses upon issues of social justice and students are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and proposed methods to address issues of social inequality. Each major includes a Capstone course where students will demonstrate their understanding of their area of study.

Social Sciences Communication Requirement

All majors in the Division emphasize the critical-thinking process and the clear communication of the outcome of that process. All courses within the Division have a writing component designed to teach students how to successfully use existing research and literature to support their thoughts and positions. Students will complete writing assignments appropriate to the course level. Each 200-level course will require students to write descriptively about topics. There will be short, regular writing assignments, essays or exams, and a short research paper. Literature reviews in 300-level courses will emphasize analysis and build an argument with regular writing assignments, essay exams, and a research paper. All 400-level courses will continue this emphasis on writing while requiring students to take and defend positions on controversial issues in the social sciences using the primary literature. All assignments will emphasize the communication of material through the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style.

Students are also expected to be effective oral communicators. Many courses include assignments that require students to make oral presentations and to use PowerPoint and/or other presentation media as appropriate.

Career Opportunities and Graduate Study

Depending on their major, students are prepared to enter careers in fields such as human services; human services management; federal, state, and local law enforcement; education; government service; nonprofit organizations; and business. Students are also prepared for graduate study in psychology, social work, history and politics, and criminal justice and law school.

Meet The Faculty

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