Your social science degree from Gardner-Webb University will help you develop an awareness of social, political, and historical factors that influence cultures of the world.

Department of Social Sciences

Social Science

Your major in Social Science will enable you to explore broad concepts in a variety of social science fields: history, 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.


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. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change.


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/ Model NATO

As a member of our Model Arab League or Model NATO teams, 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. You’ll get to connect with and ask questions of local professionals.


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 Gaston History Museum, the Catawba County History Museum, the academic and internship program at The Washington Center in Washington, DC, the offices of congressional and state representatives, and international non-government organizations in the Carolinas, Chicago, and 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.



Many GWU 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.


Dr. Tim Vanderburg, Department Chair

Phone: (704) 406-4469