The BS in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts is a 4-year degree program in the Social Sciences with major offerings in Political Science, Psychology, and Media & Communication Studies. The program is designed to develop in students the theoretical, historical, and experiential knowledge necessary to understand how we interact with our social world through local and global contexts. We recognize that studying the social sciences today requires both disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking, and that training in discipline-specific methods of research and analysis should always be grounded in a complex understanding of the social, cultural and political articulation of the world we inhabit. To accomplish these goals, the program focuses on how students can use strategies and frames of social analysis to understand and critique our increasingly interrelated economic, political, communal, cultural, and mediated lives. Courses that comprise the Common Liberal Arts Core, taken during the first two years of study, introduce students to a selected range of traditional academic disciplines that comprise the liberal arts and sciences. Through these courses, students will acquire comprehensive foundational skills in both qualitative and quantitative thinking and analysis before they engage their major field of specialization.