The mission of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences is to offer students an interdisciplinary understanding of human society. It is designed to equip students to respond to the challenges of an evolving society and to advance the quality of life life in a diverse global community. Students receive a rigorous grounding in their chosen disciplines and are exposed to interdisciplinary perspectives across the social and behavioral sciences. Through their close interaction with faculty in coursework and research, students graduate as critical thinkers and writers, cognizant and appreciative of diverse cultural and social perspectives. Students are skilled in the use and application of technology, and trained to be able to understand abstract concepts. They learn to apply and generate knowledge to better understand human society. They become adept at taking the initiative for independent learning. The program prepares students with knowledge, skills, and values they will need in their careers, which includes social studies teachers. It also prepares students to pursue further study and to continue their interest in social sciences.