The Department of Social Sciences offers quality educational programs essential to the College of Arts and Sciences of Winston-Salem State University. The Department houses six disciplines— history, justice studies, political science, geography, philosophy, and religion. Courses in these disciplines contribute to the university’s Core and General Education Curriculum required of all students, provide electives that students across the university may take to strengthen the liberal arts base of their education, and offer seven baccalaureate programs. The degree programs are history, justice studies, political science, and political science with a concentration in public administration. The department also manages the North Carolina program for secondary level social studies certification. The Social Studies secondary Education Program was discontinued May 15, 2009. No additional students will be admitted to the program. Students who were enrolled in the program will be given an opportunity to complete the program over the next three years. All secondary education programs were relocated to the Department of Secondary Education in the School of Education and Human Performance in fall 2010. By combining content mastery, critical thinking skills, and communication skills in their curricula, the disciplines prepare their majors and others for employment in their chosen professions and for advanced studies at the graduate level.
Programs for Majors and Minors in History
The history cognate of the Department of Social Sciences is committed to contributing an essential link in the liberal arts curriculum of Winston-Salem State University. As a profession, history is the systematic study of the past, the knowledge applied to explaining human nature and contemporary affairs. The undergraduate program in history provides an important knowledge base of history and introduces students to the skills of the professional historian.
- To provide the means for an understanding of historical development so students may become aware of the certainty of change and be prepared to meet it.
- To provide a solid background for those students who plan to teach at the junior and senior high school levels.
- To provide a general foundation for students who plan careers in other fields.
- To prepare students for graduate training in history.
Programs for Majors and Minors in Political Science
Political Science is the study of the science and art of government. Students majoring in political science can pursue one of two options toward their degree: a major in political science with a minor or political science with a public administration concentration. The primary mission of the political science/public administration area is as follows:
- To provide for the students a broad background of knowledge about government and preparation for active life as a citizen in a democracy.
- To prepare the student for a professional career whether as public servant, elected official, or enlightened citizen.
- To prepare the student for teaching, law and other fields.
- To prepare the student for graduate studies in political science or related fields.