Women in the Social Sciences Academy


  • During their freshmen and sophomore years, students will complete the field experience aspect of the social sciences academy.  They will attend at least four field trips which will introduce students to the various career fields in the social sciences.
  • The second requirement is to take at least two elective classes in the social sciences area. Students may choose from psychology, sociology, The Holocaust and Women’s Rights/Civil Rights.  As a junior or senior, students will be required to complete at least one independent learning experience.  The experiences they choose will dictate which “Women In” distinction title they will earn at graduation.
  • Finally, students must apply for at least one social sciences scholarship and be accepted into a college with a social sciences major.
  • Based on their field experiences, students will be able to earn one of several distinctions at graduation.  These specialized diplomas will enable the Social Sciences Academy to help students narrow their interests and create lifelong friendships with other students who are seeking similar certificates at graduation.  These distinctions will help shape the field experiences available to the girls.


To learn more about the Social Sciences Academy, please contact Steven McCrea.



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