We seek to empower students to think critically about societies. We help to cultivate an understanding of the broader social milieu in which humans are located. We instill analytical skills that students can use to decipher great varieties of information, and understand the processes through which social facts exist, evolve, and change.

Overall, we nurture in students an awareness of theory in a comparative perspective, and a desire to analyze information of all kinds with rigor. Through our diverse offerings on local, regional, national, and global social processes, we strive to create more complete human beings with a keen sense of humanity, social justice, and appropriate social policy.