Chair: Nate Caplin
Department Webpage: www.snow.edu/socialscience
Disciplines within Department:
Contact: Michael Brenchley
Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind. The discipline is divided into 4 major sub-fields: Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology. Physical Anthropology focuses on human biological areas such as human evolution, primatology, human adaptation and variation as well as forensics. Cultural Anthropology studies human patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviors. Archaeology is the study of human culture and history using excavation, analysis and the recovery of material artifacts and other environmentally relevant data. Linguistic Anthropology examines human language with an emphasis on the historical, social, ethnic and descriptive elements that make up the many different languages found both past and present.
With its focus on interconnections and interdependence of all aspects of human experience, Anthropology can provide the knowledge, skills, and intellectual tools to work with diverse peoples in the present, study the rich human historical past, and help shape the future.
Contact: Kerry Hansen
Economics studies the patterns of economic behavior from the micro to the macro economic level. Please see the course descriptions for the economics courses for more details The main emphasis is on the U.S. economic system and capitalism.
Contact: Renee Faatz
Geography is the study of the interaction of human kind with their environment and the world in which we live. It is concerned with the imprints of human activity on the surface of the earth. There are a number of specializations within the discipline; including cultural, regional, physical, spatial organization, cartography, and geographic information systems (GIS) to name a few.
Geography helps students understand the ongoing changes and new directions taking place in our world.
Program within Discipline:
Contact: Nate Caplin
History is the study of humanity’s past. All that mankind has written, thought, done, or created is of interest to the historian. The study of history is a liberating endeavor because it enables individuals to appreciate others and to understand themselves in the context of mankind’s collective experiences.
Contact: Kerry Hansen
Political science is the systematic study of governance by the application of empirical and generally scientific methods of analysis. In addition to examining the state and its organs and institutions, political science encompasses studies of all the societal, cultural, and psychological factors that mutually influence the operation of government and the body politic.