The Department of Social and Cultural Studies supports the historic and urban mission of the University and emphasizes the academic ideas associated with producing competent educators and professionals in the areas of social, cultural, and international studies. The aim of the Department is the development of a 21st century department, which will serve as a benchmark for other cultural and social science departments. The Department has a mission to prepare responsive educators to work with learners of all ages, diverse cultures, and to become life-long learners.
The following objectives are offered as major aims of the programs:
- To train prospective social studies secondary teachers.
- To provide a liberal education, enabling students to enter many fields of work, especially in urban centers,
- as contributing professionals.
- To prepare students in ethnic studies, enabling them to become curriculum and instruction specialists.
- To prepare in-service secondary teachers for renewal of their teaching certificates.
- To expose students throughout the University to basic social skills and concepts.
- To develop understanding and use of the basic technological processes and resources useful in information
- To serve as facilitators for the total process of growing and learning.
- To locate, interpret and apply research pertinent to social, cultural, and educational problems.
- To investigate and analyze the dynamic relationship between schooling, education, diverse cultures and
- societies with interpretive, normative, critical and comparative theory and methods.
- To derive the greatest benefit from classroom experiences as prepared prospective teachers skilled in the
- techniques of instruction.