A degree in any one or more of our four majors or two interdisciplinary minors equips you with a broad liberal arts perspective as well as specific skills and areas of knowledge about individual and societal behaviors, interactions and processes, values and social institutions, and important socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues of the day. Because the social sciences are so integral to a quality education that prepares students for a fulfilling life, a number of our courses are approved for the university’s Marquette Core Curriculum, which all students are required to take. Also, many of our courses are integral to many interdisciplinary majors and minors, such as International Relations, Family Studies, and African American Studies. Many of our courses also have a service learning component. You can find out more about all of our degree programs in the Social and Cultural Sciences brochure.
We also offer a Multidisciplinary Internship Program for qualifying students. These experiential learning opportunities allow the student to contribute to the community while also gaining important skills, knowledge, and contacts that better prepare him or her for the next career stage.
A Pathway for Medical School
Many of our students double major in two of our majors, or they combine one of our majors and another major outside the department, such as in the professions of education, business, communications, or a health-related field such as physical therapy. One might ask how a Social and Cultural Sciences major could possibly benefit a pre-med student. Here’s one answer. Rather than merely treating a disease, a doctor with an undergraduate major in one of the above disciplines will better understand the individual patient as a whole person and the institutional processes of the medical establishment. For instance, s/he will better understand why certain populations are more at-risk for certain diseases, how the research and treatment of diseases are impacted by race, class and gender; how a patient’s cultural background will affect his/her acceptance of treatment; how patient-doctor interactions are influenced by power and inequality.