About the Philosophy and Social Sciences Programs

The Philosophy and Social Science Department includes courses that focus on the scientific study of human thought and behavior, interpersonal relationships, and the institutional structure and functioning of human society.

The Department hopes to produce liberally educated students who not only think critically but also consider the ethical implications of their decisions. The department is distinctive in its interdisciplinary approach to understanding, analyzing and critiquing the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural conditions of women and people of color in our local community, California, the U.S. and globally.

The dep​​​artment is committed to race/ethnic, class and gender-equitable learning, teaching and community engagement.

Many of our courses rely on Service Learning, which is a teaching and learning strategy through which students apply their academic skills and knowledge to address real-life needs in their own communities. Service Learning provides a compelling reason to learn and teaches the skills of civic participation and develops an ethic of service and civic responsibility.