The primary aim of the Department of Social Sciences is to provide a broad education for students preparing for teaching research, and service.  Through its various curricula, the department seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:


  1. to expose students to an historical knowledge of great issues and institutions, past and present, and to culture and society from the viewpoint of their dynamics, structure, and organization;
  2. to develop within students a sharpened sensitivity to the socio-cultural, economic, and political problems confronting the American democracy in a global society;
  3. to prepare students to teach the Social Sciences in elementary and secondary schools of the state and nation;
  4. to create within students the competence for gainful employment within the Social Sciences and allied fields;
  5. to prepare students to continue their education in graduate and professional studies. 


The aims and objectives have been formulated in harmony with the functions and purposes of Alcorn State University.  All students majoring in a Department of Social Sciences program will arrange their course sequence in consultation with a departmental advisor and/or the Chairperson of the Department.

Degree Programs 

The Department of Social Sciences offers baccalaureate degrees in five curricula areas: (1) Criminal Justice; (2) History; (3) Political Science/Pre-Law; (4) Social Work; and (5) Sociology.  Courses are required to be taken in sequences as listed in the degree programs.  Summer school is designed for program catch-up providing needed courses are offered.