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  Coordinator: Paul Bonk, Ph.D 
Phone: (845) 848-4073 
Fax: (845) 359-8025
Email: paul.bonk@dc.edu  

About the Program 

The Social Sciences are concerned with the total experiences of human beings: their society, their environment, their institutions, their accomplishments, and their inner needs

Students who pursue the major in Social Sciences gain a broad-based education that includes experience with at least three of the principal social science disciplines: Economics, History, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology. At the same time, the major is designed to provide interdisciplinary, integrated experiences which, while capitalizing on the strengths of each of the disciplines involved, help students to perceive the concepts and methodologies which underlie and integrate the fields.

Successful graduates of the major find it a useful foundation for law school, for post-graduate study in one of the social science disciplines, or for direct entry into a variety of professions such as government service or education. Internship opportunities are available to students while they are at the College, and are recommended as valuable additional preparation for the beginning of a career path. Indeed, the College has an extensive existing array of internship sites and additional locales are added according to student interests. With New York City so close, there are many diverse internship possibilities.


For full information and for the specific requirements for each social science area of emphasis, please go to the college catalog. Note: the ‘area of emphasis’ can be any one of the following: criminal justice, economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology/anthropology.

Two to four required courses plus electives in area of emphasis (Total of 18 credits)

Three courses in each of two other supporting social science areas from the list above (Total of 18 credits)

SS 472 Social Science Seminar (3 credits)

The Major in Social Sciences: 

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science will select one of the following emphases:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology

More information: 

  • Contact the Admissions Office 
  • Contact the Coordinator of Social Sciences, Dr. Paul Bonk. Arrange an appointment with one of the Social Sciences faculty.
  • Please contact the department secretary at (845) 848-4068 to make an appointment.
  • Program Events


    March 24, 2014, Social Work Community Day 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. in the Palisades Room.
    For more information click here.


    April 10, 2014, 3rd Annual Social Work Student Advocacy Conference 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    April 28 2014, Social Work Senior Pinning and Honor Phi Alpha Honor Society Induction Ceremony 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


    May 8, 2014, Social Work Field Faculty Luncheon, 12 noon Holt Room, Hennessey Center
    May 18, 2014, Graduation Day

  • Social Work Club

    The Social Work Club meets the first Monday of each month in the Social Work office, located in Casey Hall, Room 104

    The officers for the Social Work Club for the 2013-2014 year are:

    Co-Presidents - Jan-yves Amit (senior) and Courtney Fields (senior)

    Vice President - Emiliah Burgos (junior)

    Secretary - Eileen Hendriksen (junior)

    Treasurer - Yaritza Huertas (junior)