The mission of the Department of Social Sciences is to conduct innovative social science research and teach skills to empower our students to contribute to a better society. We seek to explore and reveal how society, politics, and culture shape human lives, attitudes, and actions. We strive to make our students more effective and valuable as citizens, scholars, and professionals through teaching the skills of social analysis, public administration, research, writing, and social action.
The Department of Social Sciences equips students to exercise political and social responsibility at the local, state, national, and international levels. Our programs prepare undergraduates for advanced study in graduate and professional school in a variety fields, including a five-year BA-to-MPA (Master of Public Administration) two-in-one degree program, and careers in all levels of government, public administration, international relations, human services, and the private sector.
Political science is the study of government and public policy and the political behavior of individuals and groups. Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine the United States, all countries and regions of the world, and international relations. Political science majors acquire skills in writing, communications, and analysis that are critical to a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education prepares students to think independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs.
Sociology is the scientific study of society and human behavior. We examine how our social structure—that is the organization of our society and factors such as race and gender—operate to influence group behavior and individual choices. Sociologists highlight the importance of problem solving and using reliable data in decision making so our students at Augusta University gain desirable skills including data analyses, statistical reasoning and empathetic understanding. Students can complete a sociology major online or face-to-face or a by taking a combination at Augusta University.
The BA in Criminal Justice teaches core criminal justice concepts and theories that help students to analyze and understand criminal behavior and various structures within the criminal justice system. Students gain skills that help them in their careers including decision making, analytics, research strategies, and interacting with and understanding people. Our faculty are dedicated to student learning and innovative teaching both in the classroom and through community involvement. The Criminal Justice Program also has a long tradition of supporting vibrant student organizations and encouraging student involvement in research.
Social work is a career committed to improving the lives of all people. It can be working with individuals in a variety of settings, or on a broader level to impact increased quality of life for all people through advocacy. Augusta University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in social work that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The distinction of the Augusta University Social Work Program comes in small interactive courses with individual mentoring taught by social workers with considerable practice experience. The Social Work program is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice upon graduation. Coursework also prepares students with the groundwork to pursue and succeed in an MSW graduate program or other graduate or professional program.
The Department of Social Sciences offers a minor in each discipline listed above, as well as in Gerontology and International Studies. We also offer certificates that may appeal to certain students.