The Social Science Department offers majors and course work in diverse fields of study, yet emphasizes a solid core of practical research and analysis in all of its programs. Social science students get hands-on experience with the full range of both quantitative and qualitative analysis used in the social sciences.
Students and faculty in the Social Science Department develop a strong relationship through research, study abroad programs, senior seminars, and other opportunities for interaction such as " Kaffee & Klatsch" well-attended, monthly gathering for social science students and faculty, which offers a great opportunity to interact and talk over coffee and pastries.
Student research in the Social Science Department is supported by faculty expertise and mentorship, and fostered by numerous opportunities in the Greater Madison area, as well as abroad. One notable and long-standing research tradition is the Dane County Survey, a major research endeavor conducted by social science students each fall. Other opportunities include internships at the State Capitol, located minutes away from campus, and longstanding study abroad programs in Italy and Mexico.
Students who complete the Human Services Concentration meet all of the requirements for the state of Wisconsin's Social Work Training Certificate. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Social Work Certification Exam.