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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 Political 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!

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 2020-2021. Deadline to turn in: March 13,2020.

Undergraduate Waiver (CCUS) Scholarship

  • 1 award 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

  • 1 award 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

  • 1 award 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 $3,600.00.
  • 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.

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 305).


Our Faculty and Staff

Burdekar, Manjunath
Manjunath Burdekar
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Falco, Adriana
Adriana Falco
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Griffee, Karen
Karen Griffee
Howard, Sally
Sally Howard
Professor of Political Science
Klein, Rodney
Rodney Klein
Department Chair / Professor of Psychology / Director of McNair Scholars Program
Reed, Diane (Tammy)
Diane (Tammy) Reed
Academic Program Associate
White, James
James White
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Sally Howard

Department of Social Sciences Chair
Professor of Political Science

Programs of Studies


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