Emily Short, a Bible and theology major with three minors (psychology, sociology, and peace and conflict studies), used her knowledge in all of these areas, along with a desire for social change, to create an innovative summer camp curriculum.
Social Sciences Department
Bettering the World Together.
If you are interested in sociology, psychology or criminal justice, you’re probably curious about how the world works and want to make it a better place. We want to help you do just that.
Bluffton professors lead conversation-based classes which lead to deeper understanding of our world and you’ll receive the tools needed to be successful.
Do you want to make the world a better place? To repair the harm caused by crime? Consider a major or minor in criminal justice.
At Bluffton, criminal justice is an academically rigorous program developed to produce leaders in the academic field, corrections, law enforcement, mediation and community organizing who embrace the philosophy of restorative justice.
Are you fascinated by figuring out what makes people tick? Then psychology might be the right major or minor for you.
As a psychology student at Bluffton, your classes are designed to provide solid preparation for either employment upon graduation or for you to move on to graduate studies.
Social workers are compassionate, creative problem-solvers who are employed in human service settings: family and child welfare, juvenile services, mental health, corrections, hospitals, nursing homes and in programs for the elderly, developmentally disabled and substance addictions.
Sociology is a social science combining scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of society and its organizations. The discipline of sociology includes the exploration and analysis of family patterns and relationships, group and organizational relationships, race and ethnicity, social class, social movement, and contemporary social problems and issues.
Alicia Loch completed a year-long research project studying sustainability to fulfill her sociology field-experience requirement. The project combines elements from both of her majors—biology and sociology.
“I know if I went anywhere else, I wouldn’t have gotten all of these opportunities
or as much help as I have. It just felt like home, and it still feels like home.”
Alicia’s story >
The minor in political science introduces students to the systematic study of power in society. The minor builds on the state-centric models common in the field with a unique focus on individual and community-level analyses of structures, behaviors and outcomes. The core classes of the minor introduce students to the current state of the field. Further coursework, through electives, is flexible ranging from prescriptive coursework on policy and justice to descriptive coursework on systems and history. Broadly, students can focus on domestic, local or international levels of analysis with economic, policy, legislative/legal or historic emphases shaped by both the courses and research interests. Those interested in pursuing careers in political science are encouraged to pair the minor with a departmental honors project.
Supplement your major with a study of the experiences of women, including the achievements of women and the obstacles they have faced; contemporary issues that affect women’s lives; scholarly writings and creative works by women; and the theological, social, political and psychological methodologies employed to assess women’s lives.