Long Island Department of Social Sciences
Search for social justice. Create solutions to contemporary problems. Get ready.
Delve into the world of social, economic and political issues with our Department of Social Sciences. Students choose between three majors — sociology, economics or political science — and prepare for a future in the field that interests them most.
Students work closely with faculty who are active practitioners in the field, and qualified majors apply the skills to real-life experience through internships. Past interns have served at the United Nations, New York City and state agencies, and the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
Engage in critical thinking, methodological training, contextual analysis and communication. Prepare for graduate school, or to enter such fields as criminal justice, education, nonprofit organizations, business, social work, or state and local government.
Get ready to make a difference in the world of social sciences.
Brittany Correia ’16
"St. Joseph's University recognized my academic strength, as well as my commitment to improving the well-being of others. I am extremely grateful for every opportunity St. Joseph's University has given me and the support of its faculty and staff. After the loss of all my belongings in a house fire, St. Joseph's University provided me with unwavering support, encouragement, and resources to succeed both on campus and off. There is no way that I would have been able to have the opportunities available to me today if not for St. Joseph's University."
The Long Island Social Sciences Experience
Interconnectedness: Looking to expand your area of study? Choose the field of study you’re most interested in as a major, and declare a minor in either one or both other fields. Or consider a double major with a minor. The topics all complement each other, providing you with a well-rounded degree.
Research and Internship Opportunities: Conduct research and present at conferences across the country. Engage in meaningful internship opportunities across Long Island.
Study Abroad: In conjunction with other colleges and universities, students have the opportunity to study abroad.
Majors and Minors
Hone your skills.
Develop the analytical and critical-thinking skills necessary for a successful future in the growing field of economics. A bachelor’s degree in economics opens the door to careers in business and finance, law, communications, economic consulting, computer programming, government and education.
Complement your major.
Study the areas of economics that interest you. A minor in economics complements such majors as accounting, computer information technology, business and history.
Political Science Major
Chase your dreams.
Become a politically savvy leader or government official, or prepare to challenge people in those roles. With a degree in political science, students pursue careers in government, law, foreign affairs, nonprofits, business and journalism.
Political Science Minor
Enhance your résumé.
Dip your toes into the field of political science while pursuing a major your passionate about. A minor in political science can be particularly relevant to those with majors in sociology, business, history, criminal justice, and journalism and new media students.
Prepare for your future.
Learn how to think independently, creatively and critically. Strengthen your oral and written communication. Delve into the world of data analysis. A bachelor’s degree in sociology leads to a diverse collection of careers: social work, occupational therapy, law, library science, teaching and journalism.
Broaden your academic experience.
Study the social issues that interest you, such as popular culture, justice, race relations and inequality. A minor in sociology pairs well with such majors as business, political science, criminal justice, psychology, and journalism and new media studies.
Political Science Concentration for Child Study
Boost your already-impressive teaching résumé.
Enhance your child study major by specializing in the area of political science.
Sociology Concentration for Child Study
Expand your knowledge.
Prepare for your future classroom while studying such social issues as popular culture, justice, race relations and inequality.
Social Sciences Concentration for Child Study
Focus on your future.
Study such topics as anthropology, political science, sociology and economics, and gain a broad understanding of the field of social sciences.
Gain the skills you need to succeed.
The program provides individuals interested in the field of sociology the skills needed for a successful career.
Get ready for your future.
Geared toward those interested in pursuing a career within the field of criminal justice, the certificate provides students both theoretical and practical exposure to the system. Develop widely applicable skills in research design and data analysis while studying in such areas as sociology, criminal justice and political science.
Criminology/Criminal Justice (Professional)
Take the next step.
Adults already working in the field of criminal justice or interested in a career change will learn the research design and data analysis skills needed to succeed in the area of criminology. The certificate blends together courses in sociology, criminal justice and political science.