Social Science

Welcome to the Department of Social Sciences

Our dedicated faculty and multiple programs allow us to offer exceptional educational opportunities to students with a wide range of future goals.

Outstanding Scholars

When you take an Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology course at Missouri Southern State University, chances are the professor teaching the class has published a book or article in that field of study. The Department of Social Sciences includes a Fulbright Scholar and thirteen published authors. Our professors have all presented research at national research conferences and three have published books over the past several years, including one of the most widely-used collective behavior textbooks in the country. We are dedicated to our mission as educators and we go out of our way to provide the very best education to every student. This is reflected in the fact that our professors all teach introductory courses along with upper-division courses. In fact, five social science professors have won the Outstanding Teaching Award at MSSU, and two of them have won it twice!

Faculty ProfilesStudent evaluation of professors | Dr. David Locher named "Outstanding Teacher"

Social Sciences Degrees

The Department of Social Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in History, Political Science, and Sociology as well as Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Political Science and Sociology. We also offer minors in American Studies, Geography, History,  Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.

Preparing students for dynamic leadership and responsible citizenship is the mission of the Department of Social Sciences. The department provides students with the opportunity to cultivate critical thinking, communication and technological skills that will continue to be of value in the complex world of the 21st century. The faculty offers substantive instruction and intellectual challenge within the Social Sciences. The department emphasizes opportunities to engage in the international world in support of the University’s international mission. Finally, the Department of Social Sciences builds bridges to the local community through academic internships, public events, partnerships with local institutions and sponsorship of academic programs and events for local schools’ students and teachers.

Students who major or minor in the social sciences are prepared for a variety of careers and graduate programs, including such areas as teaching, government service, law, historic preservation, business, health and human services and many other fields. Internships are particularly helpful in establishing career connections and building practical knowledge. Social sciences students may apply for internships in the state legislature, the George Washington Carver National Monument, the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum and many other local and regional organizations and companies. We have even had students go to Washington, D.C. for their legislative internships.

 What can I do with a degree in...
History? Political Science?  Sociology?

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees:

Bachelor of Science (B.S) degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Social Studies:

Social Science Minors (available with any bachelor's degree):

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Social Sciences Department

Dr. Ree Wells-Lewis
Department Chair, Social Sciences Department
Webster Hall 245
3950 East Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.9565