The Department of History and Social Sciences offers the following programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that acclimates students to the changing world. Students who major in Global Studies complete required courses in global politics and anthropology, and a senior seminar that allows students to explore topics in depth. Students also choose electives from approved course listings in several departments: Communication, Economics, English and Cultural Studies, and History and Social Sciences.
Concentration in Global Studies
The concentration in Global Studies prepares students to interpret critical international events, to examine global interconnections, and to understand how to change policies for maximum benefit. Concentrators must also demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a modern foreign language.
Bachelor of Arts in History
The Bachelor of Arts in History focuses on conducting original research based on primary source materials while exposing them to cross-cultural historical parallels between the United States and the world. Historiography and historical method are built into the curriculum at every level, concluding with a more focused study of historical method at the 400 level. Coupled with Bryant's business core, the command of these skills-all highly valued by the business community-provides student a unique education and training for positions of leadership.
Concentration in History
The history concentration is offered within the Bryant Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program. Working with a faculty advisor of your choice, you will design your history degree according to your interests in particular geographical, chronological, and topical areas. Further, the concentration in history gives students excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of disciplines, including law, business, public policy, education, and history.
Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Law
The Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Law includes six required courses. In the Political Science field, students take one course from each of three of the discipline’s major subfields: American politics, comparative politics (examining politics outside of the United States), and international politics. From Legal Studies, the three required courses introduce students to a variety of legal issues, but also provide insights into the ways that law is shaped by cultural forces, social change, intellectual debate, and historical developments.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The study of Sociology provides students with a deep understanding of the sociological perspective, its theoretical foundations, and its methods. Students can select from one of two concentrations: Service Learning and Social Research .
Concentration in Service Learning
The Service Learning concentration builds upon the sociology core with an emphasis on community. Service learning presents students with the opportunity to apply classroom theories to unscripted problems in real-life settings.
Concentration in Social Research
The Social Research concentration builds upon the sociology core with an enhanced focus on social research methods. Courses within the major are designed to lead to a substantial, individual research project for the students capstone experience.
Minor in History
Students may choose among four tracks of study: United States history, European history, world history, or a specialized course of study. The history minor emphasizes personal resourcefulness, the ethical dimensions of history, and the awareness of diversity and differences in the human experience.
Minor in Legal Studies
The legal studies minor is designed to encourage ethical thinking in legal problem solving. Studying law enhances analytical skills that are needed in professional life. Students can select courses that will prepare them for law school, give them information that will be valuable for a variety of careers in the United States and around the globe, or simply offer a better understanding of law and government.
Minor in Political Science
Government policies regulate the business environment and affect citizens' private lives in areas such as health care and education. The minor in Political Science prepares students with the critical thinking abilities and global perspective necessary to successfully navigate the effect of public policy on corporate and private life.
Minor in Sociology
Students develop a sophisticated sense of the ways in which individual behavior is the product of social experience. Such study helps students gain insight into their own society and culture and provides a critical understanding of the global community.
Minor in Sociology & Service Learning
Through service in the community, students who focus on Service Learning will develop a sophisticated sense of the ways in which individual behavior is the product of social experience. They also gain insight into their own society and culture, as well as an appreciation of the global community.