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Welcome from the Social Science Divisional Dean

Welcome to the Social Science Division, which includes the economics, political science, psychology, and sociology majors. In addition, we also offer various minor programs of study including social work, industrial/organizational psychology, and ethnic studies. Two of our majors–political science and psychology—also offer honors programs.

Our goal is to provide a rich academic experience aimed at enhancing students' understanding of social science theory and research with the ultimate goal of fostering attitudes that will lead to active involvement in society and life fulfillment through service to humankind.

While studying at Pepperdine, many students gain internship experience in settings relevant to their future career goals. Some examples include economics majors interning as interns in a stock brokerage, political science majors interning for political campaigns, psychology majors interning at a treatment facilities for children with developmental disorders, and sociology majors interning at a local literacy project for children at risk of educational difficulties. Two of our minors require internships—social work minors gaining practical experience in human-services settings and industrial/organizational psychology minors gaining practical experience in corporate settings.

In addition, many of our students conduct their own research, and several of them have presented their own independent research at professional conferences and published in respected journals. We are pleased that a large number go on to attend prestigious graduate and professional school programs, and have received regional, national, and international recognition for their achievements.

Our faculty will work closely with you, to get to know you personally and to prepare you to achieve your life goals and purpose in the world beyond Pepperdine. If you have specific questions about any of the programs we offer in the Social Sciences Division, please feel free to call me at 310.506.4175 or e-mail me at robert.williams@pepperdine.edu

Robert E. Williams, Jr., Ph.D.
Divisional Dean, Social Science Division
Professor of Political Science