Social Science / Speech Communication
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MHCC's Social Science Department offers instruction in a broad range of subject areas which are viewed as essential to a solid general education. Employers seek individuals who can demonstrate skills in working with others, problem-solving, decision-making and adapting to change. All of these abilities are considered crucial in the ever-changing workplace of today.
We commit to partnerships with students and colleagues which will promote understanding of and thoughtful responses to the evolving social, political, economic and technological trends around the world, and thus provide skills to build a lifetime of learning.
- We value diversity through a deep understanding of people, ideas and cultures
- We value a thoughtful approach to reasoning that includes the intuitive and the factual, the creative and the analytic
- We value relationships that promote personal integrity and individual responsibility
To provide students and the local community with the skills to understand the wide range of human activity in the local and global communities
The Social Sciences include:
- Anthropology to understand how cultures have made meaning of human existence over time.
- Criminal Justice - to promote knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system in American society, and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies.
- Economics - to introduce both theory and application of important economic issues in society, such as unemployment, inflation, exchange rates, labor markets, economic development, international trade and finance, and outsourcing.
- Education - to develop responsive and transformative educators who can meet the needs of diverse students in multiple school settings.
- Geography to help us understand interactions among natural forms and processes on the earth's surface and human connections with those natural phenomena role, among economic systems as well as cultural and social forces that shape the landscape and dynamics of urban areas and to encourages acquisition of a range of practical skills, including geographic information systems (GIS), interpreting aerial photography, satellite images, and topographic maps.
- History to understand what came before us so that we may take advantage of successes and mistakes along the course of human experience.
- Philosophy to understand the ideas of the great thinkers past and present.
- Political Science to understand the role of leadership and how leaders can help promote economic and social growth.
- Psychology to help us understand ourselves, those around us and our relationships with them.
- Religion to discover how, in all civilizations in the world, religion shapes the institutions of law and government, influences family and parenting practices, and resonates in the creative work of writers and artists.
- Sociology to understand how societies have developed and how society influences us.