The Social Sciences

  • Graduate Social Sciences programs include: Anthropology (PhD, MA), Data Science (MS) Economics (PhD, MA), Health Promotion Management (MS), Sociology Research & Practice (MA).
  • The Social Sciences offer training in economics, data analysis, policy, and cultural studies for a range of careers in both the public and private sector.
  • The DMV offers the highest concentration of economists in the US, 19 times the national average.
  • Faculty are affiliated with a variety of DC-based non-profits, government agencies, and think tanks.

All of the faculty here in the Social Sciences really bring policy into the classroom and into their research. So our research questions come right from what's going on in DC. And then we bring that to our students. So they have a front row seat in how policy happens and how scholarship informs policy.

Learning under professors are so knowledgeable in economics, and how developmental issues can be solved through economic strategies, has been very impactful for me as a graduate student in economics and also, for me as a person from a developing country.

The faculty and students at the College of Arts and Sciences are highly engaged in the community. The Health Studies program, has worked closely with DC public schools on nutrition education programs.

I have an internship right now with Guatemala solidarity project I am on the hill supplementing a lobbyist. Just getting to see what that looks like trying to impact the people of Guatemala, specifically the indigenous communities who are extremely underrepresented.

Our curriculum prepares students to be leaders in their field in a variety of ways. Understanding the foundations are really going to allow them to grow in their career as opposed to just teaching individual tools that might become outdated.

Particularly in the social sciences. They are really learning how to do data analysis. CAS students are learning how to communicate to a wide variety of audiences, academics like myself, policymakers, the press. They're also learning how to take their research and turn that into an actionable policy, working with faculty on how to do scholarship that has an impact on society.