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Southwestern Oklahoma State - American Indian Studies

Provide a firm foundation for successful careers in the diverse, applied settings of criminal justice, government and politics, law, and business

American Indian Studies Program

GENERAL INFORMATION In support of its goals, the Department of Social Sciences provides for substantial contributions to the general education program at SWOSU as well as sponsoring selected major and minor programs. Courses and programs include Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Gerontology, History, History Education, Political Science, Pre-Law, and Sociology. Our courses are designed to examine the ways in which human beings have related to each other and to their environment over time and to do so from a variety of academic perspectives. Our programs are aimed at giving students a broad understanding of the human social condition and providing them with an education that will serve as a firm foundation for many careers in business, social and justice services, government service, or education. Criminal Justice, History, History Education, Political Science and Pre-Law provide solid foundations for a wide range of professional positions. Practical field experience is highly valued in our degree programs. We have internships available for Criminal Justice and Political Science students. Student teacher placements are required of History Education Students. These placements give students a chance to explore the real world of their proposed careers and the opportunity to develop their skills in actual work settings from schools, to prisons, to social and justice service agencies. Most faculty members have doctoral degrees and are actively involved in professional research, assuring students that their instructors are on the cutting edge of their fields and that their classes are in tune with the latest developments. Our faculty are not only scholars; they pride themselves in being fine teachers. Our students report that many of our courses are the best and most enjoyable that they have ever taken. Faculty members are notable for taking a personal interest in their students and developing relationships that go beyond the classroom to develop into lifelong friendships and professional ties. Beyond our formal program of education, our students enjoy learning and socializing in student-led clubs devoted to criminal justice, history, and political science. We also support a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international History Honor Society, and participate in the Model United Nations. Criminal justice and political science sponsor special speaker programs where outside specialists with national and international reputations discuss topics of relevance with our students. For more information visit our web site http://www.swosu.edu//socsci/