Department of Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Your major in Social Science will enable you to explore broad concepts in a variety of social science fields: history, geography, politics, sociology, and economics. You’ll develop an awareness of social, political, and historical factors that influence cultures of the world. These skills will be valuable to you in many academic and professional pursuits including law, education, journalism, social work, public services, and more.


You’ll learn skills of analysis, research, and critical thinking as you look at crucial topics and events in culture and history, both past and present. You’ll choose from a diverse offering of fascinating courses drawing on the wide and varied expertise of our social science faculty.


Course listings include:


  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminology
  • Early Medieval Christianity
  • International Relations
  • Medieval Europe
  • Modern Germany Since 1789
  • Nineteenth Century Europe
  • North Carolina History
  • Politics of Developing Areas
  • Slavery in the Atlantic
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Southern Politics
  • The American Century


Gardner-Webb’s Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society, and the human past in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values.


Study Abroad

Opportunities for study abroad will allow you to expand your learning outside of the classroom and across the globe. Previous study abroad opportunities have included Strasbourg and Berlin.


Model Arab League

As a member of Model Arab League, you’ll get to develop your critical thinking, public speaking, and debate skills in competitions against other schools.


Pre-Law/ Public Service Organization

The Department of Social Sciences is home to the pre-law/public service group which provides support for students who wish to pursue legal and public vocations. Local professionals connect with students and answer their questions.


College Democrats

The GWU College Democrats is a student-led organization promoting political involvement around progressive causes.


College Republicans

The GWU College Republicans organization promotes Republican values and helps students develop strong leadership abilities.



We will work with you individually to help you find an internship in your own unique interests in order to expand your learning in a professional setting. Previous internship opportunities have included the offices of congressional and state representatives, and international non-government organizations in the Carolinas, Chicago, and Washington, DC. The Gaston History Museum, the Catawba County History Museum, the academic and internship program at The Washington Center in Washington, DC.



With a degree in social science, you’ll gain flexible skills in writing, research, and more giving you diverse career options in business, communication, education, research, writing, government, politics, and social work.



Our alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and law school at universities like George Washington, George Mason, and UC Davis.


Department Chair

Dr. Tim Vanderburg

Phone: (704) 406-4469


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