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Social Sciences at Taylor

Because of our liberal arts focus, Taylor’s Social Science programs not only teach the specific technical skills that you’ll need in the workplace, but also transferable skills such as how to gather and analyze information, think abstractly, write well, present information, speak with clients, and ask challenging questions to develop insight and make difficult decisions. Each of our Social Science programs educate students to recognize the complexities of national and international situations and develop informed, ethical stances on modern issues.

Students will be equipped to promote redemption and change in our increasingly diverse and complex world. The Social Sciences emphasize the importance of embracing and learning from history, appreciating human diversity, and recognizing the interconnectedness of social life. Our students receive individual attention from our professors along with unique, practical experiences. Encouraging faculty will work hard to broaden your perspective, teach you how your discipline works hand-in-hand with biblical mandates, and point you in a career direction where you’ll flourish.

Helping a World in Need

Spending time overseas will globalize your perspective on the social issues and experiences surrounding diverse, vulnerable, and marginalized populations. Whether you spend a week in Mexico or a semester in Uganda, you will cultivate an understanding of intercultural communication and the needs among people around the world.

Semester Programs
  • LCC International University*: Spend four months in Klaipeda, Lithuania, at this Christian college to participate in psychology courses with international perspectives. LCC also helps you explore practicum opportunities with Lithuanian businesses that open service opportunities for the local community.
  • Azusa Pacific University’s LA Term*: Anthropology & Sociology students can participate in a residential study and service semester in the heart of Los Angeles through our partnership with Azusa Pacific University.
  • Uganda Studies Program*: Study in East Africa with the Ugandan Christian University Honours College, alternating between urban and rural homestays and dormitory living throughout the semester, to experience social work in a new cultural setting.
  • York St John University*: Travel to the United Kingdom and undergo intensive studies in psychology with an international perspective.
J-Term Programs
  • Overseas Practicum: Junior Social Work majors can have study abroad experiences anywhere in the world as long as social work supervision is available. A departmental commitment to a Junior Practicum Study Abroad experience is offered yearly. Past study abroad experiences include Korea, the Philippines, Uganda, and Bahamas.
  • HEART Program*: Those desiring to serve in developing third-world countries can travel to Lake Wales, Florida, to live and learn in a simulated third-world village. You will receive course credit for its emphasis on technical skill learning in agriculture (animals and horticulture), appropriate technology, cross-cultural communication and community development, nutrition and food preparation, and primary health care.
Spring Break Trips
  • Mexico*: Travel to Cancun with a team to serve with Back2Back ministries, an organization that cares for orphans and vulnerable children through community development and family preservation. Students work at a local community center started by Back2Back and play with the kids.

*Programs are not directly associated with the Social Science programs. Contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs for more information.

Social Science on Campus

Students from any major have opportunities to engage and serve through campus events such as Social Justice Week and various clubs and conferences. Optimize your Taylor experience through increasing your professional network, expanding your portfolio, and developing relationships with people concerned about society.

  • Social Justice Week
    This annual series brings in guest speakers and organizes activities to boost campus awareness of various social justice issues in the world. Past topics have explored homelessness, genocide, Bible translation, sustainability, sex trafficking, and global hunger. Service projects are organized to help the Upland community.
  • Student Social Work Organization
    Taylor’s accredited social work program also has a very active Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) and students can gain leadership experience on the Student Advisory Board.
  • Psychology Club
    Not just for Psychology majors, the Psychology Club provides a space for both faculty and students to work together to gain and provide meaningful experiences through service-learning projects, academic and informational meetings, and social events. Weekly club meetings sometimes feature guest speakers to talk about psychology basics, career paths, and master’s degree opportunities.
  • International Justice Mission
    Taylor students recently formed their own chapter of International Justice Mission. This international organization work against slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, police brutality, land theft, and citizens’ rights abuse all around the world. Taylor’s branch of IJM advocates for their mission through prayer and fundraising.

Taylor has connections to service opportunities in the following locations:

  • Indiana
    • Damien Center
    • Islamic Cultural Center
    • Jireh Sports
    • Pendleton Correctional Facility
    • Rebuilding the Wall
    • Shepherd Community Center
    • Miami Correctional Facility
  • Chicago, Illinois
    • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
    • Christian Student Missions
    • Emmaus Ministries
    • International Teams
    • Jesus People USA
    • LaSalle Street Church
    • Lawndale Christian Community Center
    • South Sudan Voices of Hope
    • StreetWise
  • International
    • Rwanda: African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM)
    • Uganda: World Gospel Mission
Choosing Your Major

Whether focusing on mental or physical topics, all Social Science majors connect through their desire to help people and meet important needs in society today. Discover which major will best utilize your gifts and passions to reach out to a hurting world.

Click on the name of any major below to learn more.
  • Anthropology & Sociology
    The Anthropology & Sociology major will develop your understanding of how social hierarchy and social location influences thinking, behavior, and opportunities by studying and conducting your own research on historic and modern human societies.
  • Orphans & Vulnerable Children
    Students with a heart to help vulnerable children will be equipped to address the multi-faceted problems facing them through an Orphans and Vulnerable Children major. You will learn child development, sociological factors, and global health issues to provide a deep understanding of their circumstances and allow you to best meet the needs of vulnerable children.
  • Psychology
    With a Psychology major, you will learn how the mind works and how it impacts human behavior. You will gain a heightened awareness of your own thought process and a greater understanding of other people’s motivations, personalities, influences, abilities, and cultures.
  • Social Work
    Learn ways to demonstrate God’s love to people around you, with a particular focus on helping disadvantaged populations in the face of social injustices. A Social Work major will allow you to enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Anthropology*
    Add an Anthropology minor and begin to learn more about cultural research techniques and how to analyze data for statistical patterns. Students will identify and investigate the physical evidence of societal trends throughout time.
  • Sociology*
    Study the principles and concepts of sociology in the context of present day social systems and explore modern societal aspects such as drug abuse, crime, education, and family issues.
  • Health & Wellness*
    Develop a strong foundation and comprehensive approach to understand health promotion and the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Industrial-Organiational*
    With this minor, you’ll learn to apply psychological principles to individuals, teams, and organizations with the goal of improving the workplace.
  • Counseling*
    With a Counseling Minor, you’ll acquire skills in listening, empathy, and genuineness while gaining theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology and mental health wellness in a Biblically anchored and compassionate manner.
  • Neuroscience*
    In the Neuroscience minor, you’ll gain foundational knowledge in this fast-growing area of psychology, understanding how the brain works and how the person and behavior are impacted.
*Indicates that the program is only a minor.

Contact the Anthropology & Sociology Program

Dr. Michael Jessup
Chair of the Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work Department

Contact the Psychology Department

Dr. Diane Dungan
Chair of the Psychology Department

Contact the Social Work Program

Deborah Stiles
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Contact the Orphans & Vulnerable Children Program

Dr. Scott Moeschberger
Director of the Orphans & Vulnerable Children Program