About This Division

The Division of Social Sciences at Maryville College includes the disciplines of Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Business. In addition, we offer interdisciplinary programs in the areas of Environmental Studies and International Studies.

Our primary goal is to provide students with the tools they will need to understand our changing social world and to find their place in that world. We provide students with opportunities to explore important questions related to contemporary political, environmental, economic, social and international issues. This involves interactive classroom instruction, class projects, service learning, internships, research and international study.

Social scientific inquiry raises a myriad of questions. Many of these have moral and ethical implications. Our faculty invite and expect students to grapple with complex subjects such as ethical business practices, environmental sustainability and economic justice. In doing so, we promote the College’s mission to serve the human community.


Bruce co-edits book on polarization in the Catholic Church, Fall 2016

Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal, a new release by Liturgical Press, will interest American Catholics for obvious reasons, but Dr. Tricia Bruce, associate professor of sociology at Maryville College and one of the book’s co-editors and contributors, believes it could inspire Protestants and others concerned about division within their communities.
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Research & Outcomes

Learn more about what some of our current students and recent graduates are doing! Check out the programs of study pages to see profiles, outcomes data and exemplary Senior Studies. You also can read about internship and job opportunities that students have experienced as part of our unique Maryville College Works program.