Departments, Schools & Programs

The College of Social Science offers extensive opportunities for scholarship in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Fields of study in the college prepare students to think critically, analyze thoughtfully, work cooperatively and solve problems effectively. Visit the Office of Admissions to see a full listing of programs offered by the university.

  • Anthropology
    Anthropology
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMaster of ArtsDoctoralMinor

    Anthropology takes culture as its central object of study, giving students a framework for viewing culture in the context of the natural world and evolutionary processes. Anthropologists also study the organization of social life, as well as symbolic and ideological systems. Anthropology views the world of human culture as a natural laboratory in which diverse historical experiments have occurred and are occurring.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • Anthropology (Minor|BA|BS|MA|PhD)
    • Professional Applications in Anthropology (MA)
    • Race and Ethnicity in the United States (Minor)

    ANTHROPOLOGY WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING

  • Chicano/Latino Studies
    Chicano/latino studies
    MinorGrad CertificateDoctoral

    Chicano/Latino Studies is designed to help students to understand the multicultural dimensions of society; to gain knowledge of Chicana/o and US Latina/o scholarship and scholars; and to apply that knowledge to the study of Chicana/o and US Latina/o communities and life.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    CHICANO/LATINO STUDIES WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Center for Integrative Studies
    Center for Integrative Studies
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Science

    The Global and International Studies in Social Science (GLIS) major provides students with breadth in social science foundational courses combined with in-depth knowledge in a world region or global topic.

    Interdisciplinary Studies integrates courses from departments and professional schools across campus to build in-depth, cohesive, thematic programs of study (concentrations), which are grounded in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. 

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • Global and International Studies (BA)
    • Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (BA|BS)
    • Social Science Education (BA)

    IDS WEBSITE

    GLIS WEBSITE


  • Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ScienceDoctoralMinor

    Criminal justice is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in public and private agencies identified with criminal justice administration. Such agencies apprehend offenders, adjudicate alleged offenses, redirect emergent criminal careers, and promote industrial and commercial security. Such agencies also encourage and emphasize community responsibility for the success of their programs.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • Criminal Justice (BA|MS|PhD)
    • Forensic Science (MS)
    • Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (MS)
    • Law, Justice and Public Policy (Minor)
    • Security Management (Minor)

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Economics
    Economics
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceDoctoralTCMinor

    Economics is the study of how various entities make choices with scarce resources.  Microeconomics focuses on the choices made by individuals and firms, and macroeconomics looks at the behavior of the economy as a whole.  The study of economics is one of the most practical and adaptable disciplines. Those who focus on it gain a broad skill-set that can be utilized in complex and changing environments, and that can contribute to the understanding and improvement of lives at the individual, group, organizational, and societal level.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    ECONOMICS WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
    Geography
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMaster of ScienceDoctoralMinorTeacher Cert

    The discipline of geography, as the study of place and space, concerns itself with the analysis and explanation of the occurrence, distribution, and interrelationships of physical and cultural patterns on the earth’s surface. The discipline is also interested in how the earth’s physical and human landscapes change over time. Geography can be classified both as a social science and a natural science as it examines human beings and their environment and serves as a bridge between the physical and cultural worlds. 

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    GEOGRAPHY WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • History
    History
    Bachelor of ArtsDoctoralMinorGrad CertTeacher Cert

    All courses in history have the goal of helping students learn how to think and write historically in a critical manner. History courses emphasize learning how to identify viewpoints, gather and organize information, present conclusions in essays and on the internet, distinguish facts from interpretations, recognize historical relationships and patterns, and appreciate the relevance of historical insight to the understanding of current events and problems.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    HISTORY WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Human Development and Family Studies
    HDFS
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMaster of ArtsMaster of ArtsDoctoralGrad CertTeaching CertMinor

    Areas of study include child development, youth development, lifespan human development and family diversity, family community services, and couple and family therapy.  Knowledge of basic research and the application of research to improving the lives of individuals in the context of the family, the community, and policy are emphasized. Practical experiences in real-world settings are incorporated into all areas of study. The Child Development Laboratory and the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic are part of the department.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • Child Development (BA|MS)
    • Early Care and Education (BA)
    • Early Childhood-General and Special Education (Teacher Cert)
    • Family Community Services (MA)
    • Human Development and Family Studies (BA|BS|MS|PhD)
    • Youth and Society (Minor)
    • Youth Development (MA|Grad Cert)
    • Youth Program Management and Evaluation (Grad Cert)

    HDFS WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Human Resources and Labor Relations
    HRLR
    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of HRLRDoctoralMinor

    Through its research and educational programs, the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations advances knowledge and understanding of human resources and labor-relations within a global context. Offering a comprehensive understanding of the employment relationship, the program helps students develop critical thinking skills and learn essential problem-solving, social, emotional, and entrepreneurial skills for advancing the well-being and success of working people, organizations and communities worldwide.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • Human Capital and Society (BA)
    • Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR|PhD)
    • Leadership of Organizations (Minor)

    HRLR WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Political Science
    Political Science
    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of Public PolicyDoctoralTeacher Cert

    As a science, political science is concerned with theories, research methods, and facts as they relate to understanding political processes and phenomena. In particular, political science studies the distribution of power in groups, parties, institutions, governments, and international organizations. As a field of study, political science asks who has power, how did they get it, and why the exercise of power benefits some more than others. On both the American and international stages, political science prepares students to confront vital issues, raise critical perspectives, and explore new methodologies in the study of the fundamental concepts of power and change.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    POLITICAL SCIENCE WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Psychology
    Psychology
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMaster of ArtsGrad CertDoctoralTeaching Cert

    Psychology is a science concerned with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Psychologists study many topics including: how people perceive the world with their five senses; how people learn (and forget); how people relate to each other; how people develop their personalities; how people interpret and respond to social conditions; how organizations function; how to classify and understand the origins of psychopathology; how to intervene and treat psychological problems; how communities support health and well-being; and how non-human animal models can be used to understand human behavior.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Social Work
    Social Work
    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of Social WorkDoctoralMinor

    Social work is a profession that focuses on helping vulnerable and oppressed people improve their lives. Social work uses a wide range of approaches toward this end, with the intent of improving both personal life circumstances as well as the broader institutions and social forces that affect these populations. Our field stresses the interaction between the person and the person’s environment as we develop solutions. Social work is guided by a code of ethics that encompasses values fundamental to our practice, such as respect for diversity, self-determination, empowerment, and focus on the most vulnerable members of society.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • Human Behavior and Social Services (Minor)
    • Social Work (BA|PhD)
      • Clinical Social Work Concentration (MSW)
      • Organization and Community Leadership Concentration (MSW)

    SOCIAL WORK WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Sociology
    Sociology
    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceDoctoralMinorTeacher Cert

    MSU sociologists develop and apply leading theoretical frameworks, rigorously employ a diversity of methodological approaches, and use foundational and cutting-edge analytical techniques. In the process, MSU sociologists not only contribute significantly to the disciplinary core, but they also extend disciplinary influence by advancing its frontiers.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    SOCIOLOGY WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING


  • Urban and Regional Planning
    Urban and Regional Planning
    Bachelor of ScienceMaster of Int Planning StudiesMaster of Urb Reg Planning

    The School of Planning, Design and Construction uniquely unites four built environment disciplines to foster synergistic learning and collaboration: construction management, interior design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning. The academic programs are accredited and produce career-ready graduates. Students work on real-world, cross-discipline projects and activities. The faculty cross-collaborate on pressing built environment issues, delivering timely and crucial sustainable research and outreach. The School of Planning, Design and Construction is administered jointly by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

    • International Planning Studies (MIPS)
    • Urban and Regional Planning (BS|MURP)

    URBAN REGIONAL PLANNING WEBSITE

    ACADEMIC ADVISING