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Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences Department combines the essential skills of literacy, analytical thought, and persuasive communication with the central human questions and answers provided through philosophy, literature, history, and the social sciences. Students of the program, it is hoped, emerge as well-informed scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world.

Courses are designed to teach students how to think critically and creatively—along with the ability to communicate that learning. Students develop the tools to live satisfying and productive lives in responsible relationship to their social, political, and natural environments. Fundamental to the program is the belief that such broad-based, informed attitudes and understandings are best cultivated through exploration of a wide variety of disciplines, cultures, issues, and beliefs.



Students say it Best…

Juan Sandoval

Major: Creative Writing, Psychology

Class of 2017

Juan Sandoval aims to continue his high academic achievement here at Sierra Nevada College. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in criminal psychology. In his free time he reads and writes.

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Kenny Stoneman

Major: Creative Writing

Class of 2014

Kenny Stoneman came to SNC after six years in the United States Navy to specialize in Fiction in the new Creative Writing program. He has attended several national conferences and tutored many students in English throughout his years at SNC. His immediate goals are to attend graduate school in Scotland, become a Professor of Creative Writing, and buy a castle.

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