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Critical Social Studies

Critical Social Studies

The Critical Social Studies program focuses on theory, emphasizing social and cultural theories and their interrelationships. Though we hold differing interpretations of what theory is, we share an understanding of its rootedness in the lived practice of everyday lives.


Student Profile: Hamdan Ahmed '20

Hamdan Ahmed '20

Major: Computer Science

“I declared my major early in my sophomore year. I especially enjoy my courses with Professor Eck; he has an amazing sense of humor and also makes the content interesting by giving examples of real-world applications of theoretical material. I've also been fortunate to be a part of Associate Professor Rusinko's Mathematical Phylogenetics Research team and the IT Services Operational and Technical Support team.”

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Critical Social Studies News

France ’11 Reflects on Peace Corps Service
Bell ’06 Using Distillery to Make Hand Sanitizer
Decker ’15 Earns Fulbright to Malaysia
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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Kaylyn O'Brien '12

Current Position: Strategic Talent Programs and Partnerships Manager at WEX

Current Location: Portland, Maine

Majors: Critical Social Studies and Public Policy

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Sample Courses

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Introductory Dialogues in Critical Social Studies
We use social and cultural theory in our everyday lives but rarely very consciously. This course investigates ways in which hegemonic “common sense(s)” are constructed and changed, both in society and the academy, and the purposes they serve. The aim is to heighten awareness of personal, practical, and policy implications of social theory, and develop critical responses to it.