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.

A Student’s Passion for Writing Grows at SNC

Students say it Best…

Caitlin Burrows

Major: English

Class of 2012

I think the most significant thing I've learned here at SNC is the importance of having a balanced education. One of my favorite classes at SNC was Senior Ethics with Professor Dan O'Bryan. I loved being able to debate and defend my moral code! It was one of the most interactive classes I’ve ever taken. . . . Read More

Kallie Day

Major: Psychology

Class of 2014

The first to attend college in her family, Kallie Day came to SNC intending to finish her degree as fast as possible but quickly became focused on the unique learning community on campus. “We talk about the one-on-one," she said, "but I think that unless you have been here, and you have soaked it in through all of these people that you are around, the idea doesn’t have much of an impact.” . . . Read More