Studying the Social Sciences

As a student in the Social Sciences you will have an opportunity to study and explore our behavior and interaction with the surrounding environment and discover how to make and effect changes in our world.

Come study in the Social Sciences and find out why we behave the way we do in our environment.

Students in the Social Sciences may choose majors in such areas as:
Agricultural Studies
Archaeology
Anthropology
Canadian Studies
Economics
Geography
Kinesiology
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Urban & Regional Studies
Women & Gender Studies


Studying Sociology

Dr. Robert Wood describes Sociology as a major to pursue because "it is the best discipline for giving us insight into life in our society and for understanding the social forces that impact all of us."

Dr. Wood maintains general interests in the sociology of crime and the sociology of youth, but his current research focuses specifically on the socio-cultural aspects of problem gambling in our society.

His current research projects include development and testing of a problem gambling awareness program for Alberta high schools, a study of Internet gamblers, as well as a combined Alberta and Ontario study of the proportion of government gaming revenue generated by people with gambling problems.

In addition to his role in the Sociology Department, Dr Wood is also the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Lethbridge.


Studying Political Science

Dr. Geoffrey Hale uses his research into public policy and government organizations to help students in his Political Science courses understand the factors that shape policy decisions.

"You need to understand how the system works if you want to change it or find ways to make it work better for you," he states.

Dr. Hale's research focuses on the management of policy change, and on the ways in which Canadian governments and interest groups respond to changes in their economic and social environments.

Many of them are affected by international forces: "We may not be able to control the world around us, but the ways we respond can give us a wider range of choices.

Linking research and teaching helps students to develop the tools that enable them to be more engaged, effective citizens in a changing world, whatever their future career plans."