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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences

Academic Programs (Degrees/Certificates and Majors)

Baccalaureate
  • Political Science
    • Tracks in: General, Prelaw, Public Administration
    • Secondary Teaching
  • Psychology
    • Elementary Teaching
    • Secondary Teaching
  • Sociology
    • Elementary Teaching
    • Secondary Teaching
    • Social Services
Associate
  • Social Work
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Certificate
  • International Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Social Sciences is to actively involve students in expanding their understanding of society and human behavior, increasing their sense of social responsibility, and in enhancing their scholarly skills. We achieve this through a strategy of engaging with students, demonstrating enthusiasm for the subject matter, and modeling scholarship.

The School of Social Sciences offers bachelors degrees in History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, and also minors and associate degrees in areas of human services. Our school also offers many General Education and service courses for students in other disciplines.

Most students come into our classrooms to fulfill the General Education and service credit requirements. We welcome these opportunities to expose students majoring in other disciplines to the social sciences. In teaching these students, our goals are to share our enthusiasm for our disciplines, to help them learn how to critically examine social issues, including diversity, and to encourage the students to develop a sense of social responsibility.

For students planning to graduate from our programs, we have more elaborated goals. Our majors and minors enter our classrooms with broad ranges of intellectual skills and knowledge. As teachers, our goals are to challenge each student to set high expectations for his or her intellectual growth and help each student in becoming an active agent in expanding his or her scholarly abilities and social knowledge. In addition to providing a solid grounding in their discipline, we help students develop skills in critical thinking, communication, analysis, and research. We also work to prepare students to be active and informed citizens and members of their communities.

To all of our classes we bring a commitment to excellent teaching, a dedication to scholarship and an understanding of diversity.

Senior Project...

Cheryl Baudoin Senior in Communication

LSSU senior communication major Cheryl Baudoin, director of the play, based her adaptation on Diane Gilliam Fisher's book of the same name. Kettle Bottom is a look into lives of workers and families in the coal camps of 1920-21 West Virginia with an emphasis on the miners' strike in Mingo County and the Matewan Massacre. Baudoinís adaptation of Fisher's book uses the perspective of the women and children and one lone miner to depict the harsh and sad reality of the company coal camps.

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