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Learn about various factors internal and external to persons that shape who they are.

A Social Science Major at Providence consists of concentrating in any two of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. You’ll learn about the psychological factors that shape individuals from the inside, the sociological factors that shape people from the outside, and the cultural factors that shape entire societies. You’ll learn about scientific theories and research methods used to study people, all framed and critiqued by a Christian worldview. Upon graduation, you’ll have a grasp of how individuals, groups, and societies function and change, and you’ll therefore be better positioned to serve and help people, and thereby make a positive difference in the world.

4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Social Science Advanced Major
4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Social Science Internship Major
4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Social Science Honours Major
3 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Social Science Major

For Entrance into the Social Science program

A Social Science major is comprised of any two concentrations (each 15 credit hours) of the following: Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology.

The prerequisite for entry into the Social Science major, the Social Science Advanced major, or the Social Science Internship major is a grade of "C" or better in any 3 credit hour course in the two social science concentrations selected. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses.

For entry into the Social Science Honours major, students must have 45 credit hours of accumulated academic credit, with 18 credit hours in Arts and Sciences including 6 credit hours of introductory courses in the two social sciences selected as concentrations, and a 3.0 GPA or higher.


  • Anthropology
    • The study of people in the context of their whole culture, society, and history, and the collective forces that shape human life and behaviour.
  • Psychology
    • The study of the mental and emotional processes of individuals, and other internal sources of human life and behaviour.
  • Sociology
    • The study of the intersections of individuals, social structures, and norms, and other external influences on human life and behaviour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.


  • Language and Culture
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Anthropology of Music


  • Adolescent Development
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology


  • Marriage and Family
  • Media and Society
  • Global Problems and Change

Dennis Hiebert, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)Professor of Sociology

Val Hiebert, Ph.D. (Cand.) Assistant Professor of Sociology

Morgan Mulenga, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology

Brianne Collins, Ph.D. (Cand.) Assistant Professor of Psychology

Graduates build careers in a vast array of human or social services, including humanitarian aid, social work, disaster relief, human resources, social policy analysis, education, criminal justice, counseling, civil service, law, community affairs, journalism, and much, much more.  Some first pursue graduate studies in related fields.