Social Science

Learn to see the human experience through a new lens

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 social scientific theories, and how to do research when you are studying people.  And you’ll learn how to critique social science from a Christian world view, as well as critique Christianity from a social scientific view.  When you graduate, your greater insights into how individuals, groups, and societies function and change will better position you to serve and help people, making a positive difference in the world.

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Major Options
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 4 Years
Bachelor of Arts Social Science Major 3 Years
Program Details

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.



Meet cultures across the globe and history, and in the process of learning about the collective forces that shape human life and behaviour, you will learn more about yourself.


Engage the study of individuals – their mental and emotional processes and other internal sources of human life and behaviour.


Explore how people shape people, create and enact social norms, and produce powerful social structures, all of which influence and constrain 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.

Range of Courses

  • Language and Culture
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Consumer Culture and Simpler Living


  • Adolescent Development
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology


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

Morgan Mulenga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Ryan Coulling, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology

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