How F&M Does Social Sciences

Social sciences study the human-made world: how people interact, how we build social institutions and how our lives are affected by larger patterns of inequality and opportunity. Subjects like anthropology, history, sociology, economics, government, and more are part of the social sciences.

Social sciences study the human-made world: how people interact, how we build social institutions and how our lives are affected by larger patterns of inequality and opportunity. Subjects like anthropology, history, sociology, economics, government, public health, public policy, business, organizations and society and more are considered part of the social sciences.

The way we teach the social sciences at F&M shapes minds, builds curiosity, launches careers and has an impact on students for a lifetime.

Working side-by-side with deeply engaged faculty on innovative social research projects — whether it be interviewing urban migrants on a study abroad program in Latin America, discovering long-neglected aspects of Lancaster’s history in local archives, designing a survey on people’s health practices or investigating your own ideas about educational reform, you’ll develop a specialized understanding of societies and the human impact on our world.

Excavation Site by J Rojas '23

Out-of-the-Classroom Learning

When you study social sciences at F&M, you’ll have opportunities to go beyond the classroom and step into the societies you’re studying. You can put what you’ve learned to practice through field study and research opportunities, internships and more. Social sciences students have engaged in research projects in F&M’s home city of Lancaster, as well as Spain, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Careers in the Social Sciences

After graduating from F&M, many of our students pursue advanced degrees in a variety of social science disciplines at leading programs around the world. Other students leverage the skills they've gained from the sciences — analyzing, writing, collaborating with others, and critical thought among others — and find success in careers in business, healthcare, medicine, social work, law, government, international relations, education and more.

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See Social Sciences at F&M in Action

July 18, 2024

Success Beyond F&M: ‘I Owe a Lot to the Foundation I Built at F&M’

At F&M, Maggie Corson ’23 studied public health on the sociology track. Today, Corson is pursuing a master’s of science in health and the public interest at Georgetown University. “My master's program has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I owe a lot of that to the foundation I built at F&M,” she said.

July 12, 2024

Two Alumni Earn Prestigious Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Lam Tran ’21 and Munahil Sultana ’24 will begin their careers in global diplomacy this fall through the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program.

July 11, 2024

Success Beyond F&M: ‘I Am So Thankful That 17-Year-Old Me Decided to Attend F&M’

Sydney Dzenutis ’23 has been busy gaining professional experience in the sports world with the Columbus Crew, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Orioles. "F&M helped further not only my basic knowledge of the business world, but also honed my ability to take on new challenges, learn on the fly and use multiple perspectives to solve problems," Dzenutis said.