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If you wish to see what Political Science or Philosophy classes are offered, please click on the following link.  

Political Science

Twenty-four centuries ago, the great philosopher Aristotle argued that politics was "the master science" because it determined how the knowledge obtained in all other disciplines is socially used. In our era of globalization, in which decisions made by the government of one country have increasing political, economic, and social ramifications in others, the validity of Aristotle's argument is even more glaring. Moreover, the demand for graduates who understand local, national, and global politics is greatly increasing.

The political science major provides students with the tools necessary to understand the range of factors shaping the local, national, and global environments in which we live, to think critically and independently concerning pressing political issues, and to come to critically reasoned conclusions as to how we can organize the life we share with our fellow citizens and millions of people around the world.



Philosophy is unlike other disciplines in the breadth of its subject matter. Since philosophy discusses all aspects of life, it provides an opportunity to think about topics that range from the existence of God to the confirmation of scientific theories.

Additionally, philosophy asks the "big" questions that form the foundation of our belief systems and are rarely discussed. Philosophy challenges you to answer questions ranging from "What is the nature of consciousness?" and "What makes life truly meaningful?" to "Why should I be moral?" Philosophy can help you to understand those issues that are most fundamental to your experiences.



If you wish to see what history classes are offered, check the Registrar's  Web page

History is the discipline of critical inquiry into the human past. The history major introduces students to the study of causes and consequences of change through an examination of social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual developments over time. The enterprise of history is much more than a recitation of facts and dates. It encourages students to examine the values of their society and those of other societies. It prepares students to read critically, think analytically, and argue logically about the events and forces that have shaped past and present worlds. These skills have served students well in a wide range of careers in business, law, public policy and advocacy, education, journalism historical societies, museums, and archives.

The department's goal is to help students view issues from a variety of perspectives. To assure breadth and depth, the history faculty offer courses in areas that span the globe as well as time. Students can take courses in the history of the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students can also explore history through a number of distinctive specializations such as women's history, labor history, the history of religion, and African American history, as well as through methods courses in historical research and historiography. In addition to a B.A. and minor in history, the History Department offers minors in ancient Mediterranean studies and black studies.

The black studies minor invites students to investigate the variety of black experiences in Africa and the African diaspora including North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. At Clarion, students can study history as the foundation of a comprehensive, challenging liberal arts education while preparing themselves for numerous career opportunities.



If you wish to see what sociology/social work classes are offered, check the Registrar's Web page.



What do Sociologists do?

Sociology studies people interacting in groups: in families, in schools, on street corners, in professions, in religions, in jail.  Sociologists try to identify and understand the ways in which groups come together, stay together, and fall apart.  Making sense out of the complex dynamics of social systems is only one facet of what sociologists do. Research into social problems often has practical consequences for the relief of human suffering.

What are the sources of racial, ethnic and political conflict? What social conditions promote crime, drug dependence and alcoholism? What is the social impact of unemployment, soaring energy costs, and the depletion of natural resources? Why is there weakened public confidence in the ability of government and business to deal successfully with these problems?  These are some of the major issues that command the attention of contemporary sociologists.


Getting Started

If you are interested in sociology, talk to someone who is already majoring in the department. Get some idea of the range of people and topics that are part of "sociology at Clarion."

Your sophomore year is a good time to think seriously about declaring a major. Before you make a decision, consult your academic advisor. Sociology faculty members can answer your questions and concerns.

You can consider a major as a university requirement for graduation and as an opportunity to investigate an interesting area of knowledge.

Choosing to major in sociology is a way of joining your voice to a continuing discussion about the world we live in. There is also the interpersonal dimension. Majoring in sociology can help you understand yourself and your personal relationships.

If you are seriously interested in sociology, one of the first things you will have to do is to decide between a major or a minor.


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