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Welcome to the Department of Social Sciences at Concord University. Our interdisciplinary academic programs are designed to prepare students for careers in human services, research, and civic leadership. Students have the opportunity to earn bachelor degrees in Geography and Geospatial SciencePolitical Science, and Psychology. We also offer a variety of minors.

As a department, we consider the complex nature of the human experience and interaction. Collectively we look at how human development, social structures, and personal experiences shape individuals, societies, and nations. By better understanding the interconnected social world, students can work towards a more just society. 

Our award-winning faculty are committed to providing learning experiences that go beyond the classroom. Students have opportunities to draw on the faculty’s real-world experiences as they engage in independent research, internships, field work, and more. Combining both academic theory and hands on learning, students develop the skills to be successful in a changing world. Our programs prepare students for their next steps in life, as they go directly to a career path or on to graduate schools and seek out rewarding careers. 

Explore our website to see why the Department of Social Sciences’ academic programs are the right choice for you!

Our Faculty

Rodney Klein

Department Chair / Professor of Psychology / Director of McNair Scholars Program

Manjunath Burdekar

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Amanda Asbury

Academic Program Associate

Adriana Falco

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Karen Griffee


Sally Howard

Professor of Political Science

Tom Saladyga

Associate Professor of Geography

Shimantani Shome

Associate Professor of Geography

James White

Professor of Political Science

Social Sciences Scholarships

The Department of Social Sciences offers several scholarship opportunities for our students. Review the descriptions of the scholarships below. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply.

For additional scholarship opportunities, visit Concord University's Scholarship webpage. Don't forget, the counselors at the Financial Aid Office are an excellent resource for information about paying for college.

Deadline for 2017-2018 Academic Year: October 3, 2017

Undergraduate Waiver (CCUS) Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $1140.00 for In-State Residents ($3210.00 for Out-of-State Residents)
  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, 3.0 GPA, non-renewable. Student cannot have other tuition specific scholarship such as Promise, HSTA, DHHR, U564, or outside scholarships designated for tuition.

Joseph Hatcher Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $500.00
  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, must have completed Freshman year with minimum 24 credit hours and 2.5 GPA earned, be a Mercer County resident, demonstrate financial need, non-renewable

Lewis E. Tierney Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $400.00
  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, must have completed Freshman year with minimum 24 credit hours and 2.5 GPA earned, must demonstrate financial need, non-renewable

The Barnette Scholarship

  • 1 award of $754.67
  • Eligibility: Graduate of a West Virginia High School, Social Sciences major, current minimum 3.5 GPA, remain in good standing with the university, must demonstrate financial need, minimum ACT of 21 or equivalent

George F. Moore Scholarship

  • 1 award of $970.35
  • Eligibility: Rising CU Junior majoring in Political Science, minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and 3.0 Political Science GPA, must participate in S.O.U.P. and SGA, community service, have good standing with the university

To apply for any of these scholarships, download and complete the application below. Return the completed scholarship application to the Division of Social Science main office (Marsh Hall, Room 105).

Department of Social Sciences Scholarship Application

Dr. Rodney Klein

Department of Social Sciences Chair
Professor of Psychology
Director of the McNair Scholars Program

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