Criminal Justice, B.S. |
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Social Sciences, B.A. |
- Global Studies
- Social Science
Licensure in Secondary Social Studies Education
Minors: History, Political Science, Anthropology/Sociology, Global Studies, and Gender Studies
Social Science at Lyndon
Lyndon’s department of Social Science is unique in a number ways. For starters, no other Vermont State College program offers a global studies concentration. Global Studies prepares our students for the real world of study and work beyond our narrow national borders. It opens up new worlds of thought and social science applications relating to hundreds of different fields, including international business, public health, and diplomacy.
Our faculty are well trained, have published widely, and have the perfect combination of international experience and field-specific expertise to guide students in their college career and to future occupations. Unlike our sister colleges, our Social Science major provides students with an array of experiential opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. We organize international travel and internships, anthropological fieldwork, and service learning opportunities.
We also have a vigorous community service program in our department, housing the LSC Humanitarian Center. We require that students participate in service as part of their senior portfolio.
Graduates of the major of Social Science will be able to:
- analyze social phenomena to demonstrate familiarity with cultural diversity.
- utilize disciplinary concepts, knowledge, and tools of the social sciences to analyze social phenomena of the past or present that reflect an understanding of the factors that influence human social behavior.
- conduct original research using critical thinking and social science research methodologies, develop a thesis, and, using appropriate computer and analytical skills, interpret the results of one’s research into a written monograph that conforms to the standards of the discipline(s).
- present their research findings clearly and accurately in the form of an oral presentation.
- demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively (with at least two individuals) on a service project.
Emphasis on Study Abroad
The Social Science Department strongly encourages its majors to spend a portion of their educational experience, usually one semester, studying abroad. The Department also encourages experiential learning through travel in faculty-sponsored trips, such as those led by Dr. Strokanov.
Our department has increased the number of fieldwork sites abroad. Students travel to Kenya, Mexico, Egypt, China, India, Europe, Australia, and Russia. In each of our courses, there is a multicultural instruction component, which requires each faculty member to integrate diversity in the classroom.
Students will be able to meet guest speakers from foreign countries and/or diplomats and scientists who’ve worked overseas, who will explain their experiences and areas of expertise to the students face-to-face. We’ve also expanded our internship program to include work study opportunities involving topics related to the goals of global awareness and diversity, such as the internship established at the Burlington Refugee Association, the United Nations, and the Healing Hands for Haiti humanitarian project.
Graduates of the Global Studies concentration will be able to:
- utilize disciplinary concepts, knowledge, and tools of the social sciences to analyze socio-cultural phenomena of the past or present that reflect an understanding of the factors that influence human social behavior;
- conduct original research using critical thinking and social science research methodologies, develop a thesis, and, using appropriate computer and analytical skills, interpret the results of one’s research into a written monograph that conforms to the standards of the discipline(s);
- present their research findings clearly and accurately in the form of an oral presentation;
- develop an understanding of the history and culture of various regions around the world in finding solutions to current global problems
- demonstrate ability to enhance their global awareness by gaining knowledge in a foreign language, observing a culture different from their native culture, or exhibiting completed works on issues related to globalization
Lyndon State College maintains affiliation with four study abroad agencies: AIFS, CIS, ISA and GlobaLinks. Please see their websites for details about their programs.
Lyndon State College is affiliated with those four agencies, but they are not the limit of what is available. The College’s Coordinator of Study Abroad is eager to work with students to find the perfect program for them.
For more information about study abroad at Lyndon State College, please contact:
Dr. Paul Searls, Coordinator of Study Abroad
Lyndon State College
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Our new degree accommodates the growing student demand for a criminal justice major at Lyndon that focuses on the social, culture, psychological, political, and historical impacts of crime and the criminal justice system. This major will provide a way for the more than 100 CCV criminal justice students to finish their four-year degree and serve the local enforcement demand for qualified employees.
Students will study the culture of deviance, law, factors that can lead to criminality, issues regarding the fairness of the justice system, and misconceptions about crime and the criminal justice system itself. They will learn the importance of research and apply social theory to real-life issues of deviance and criminality. Students will gain a broad understanding of human behavior and diversity and gain important skills, such as critical thinking, theory-building, communication, and problem solving.
Our graduates will work in local, county, state, and federal government agencies, as well as in the private sector, in law enforcement, behavioral analysis, human services, courts, institutional and community-based corrections, victims’ services, the juvenile justice system, research, teaching, law, forensics, and a variety of other fields.
Our major is comprised of 49 credits including a foundation core of sociology, psychology, and criminal justice and an advanced core of law enforcement, judicial process, criminology, law, punishment and corrections, ethics, theory, internship, and research design.