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Kate Dunnigan
Department Chair
Tel: 401-825-2169
kdunnigan@ccri.edu

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Room 3099A
Tel: 401-825-2171
Fax: 401-825-2370
Social Sciences

 SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

With a diverse and experienced faculty, the Department’s mission is to prepare students to continue their academic careers as they transfer to four year institutions or begin careers in their chosen fields.

The following list of goals explains how the Social Sciences Department sees it role in the institution’s broader academic mission: 

    • To provide freshman and sophomore transfer courses in the social sciences to students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and expectations
    • To foster in students the ability to critically read college level interpretations of historical and contemporary societies in the western and non-western world
    • To give students knowledge of the nature of social science methodology and an appreciation of its strengths and limitations as an instrument of analysis
    • To assist students to develop subtle judgments about inherently complex issues and to present that understanding in effective writing
    • To help students understand themselves and others better so they can problem solve successfully and be more fulfilled.

We offer college level courses in the following:

ANTHROPOLOGY is the study of human development, particularly the development of human physical characteristics, culture, social interactions, and communication through analysis of the artifacts and remains of past cultures as well as through the observations of current cultures.

GEOGRAPHY studies the physical and environmental characteristics of the planet and how those characteristics in turn shape human development.

HISTORY is about what it means to be human in an ever-changing context. Studying the problems and/or solutions of past individuals, nations, and cultures provides some insight into the current human condition. 

PHILOSOPHY seeks to aid students in developing skills and habits of logical thought and analysis, to introduce students to sustained reflection on basic questions of human nature, and to examine the practical and theoretical considerations relevant to human morality. 

POLITICAL SCIENCE is the study of politics, political ideas, and government, locally, nationally, and internationally. 

SOCIOLOGY is the scientific study of social groups and how they change over time. Sociologists examine the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live. Culture, socialization, deviance, social problems, education, social inequality, and family are studied.

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