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

April 5, 2024

Senior Spotlight: Omar Nichols

Men’s basketball co-captain Omar Nichols encourages students to take advantage of F&M’s supportive community and connect with alumni who share their interests and aspirations.

April 4, 2024

Biden Narrowly Leads Trump in March F&M Poll

In a one-on-one matchup, Democratic President Joe Biden leads Republican challenger Donald Trump by 10 points, 48% to 38%, but Biden’s advantage drops to 42% to 40% among Pennsylvania voters with third-party candidates added to the mix.

March 18, 2024

Senior Spotlight: Meredith Mangum

Varsity volleyball player Meredith Mangum said playing volleyball at F&M was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. Mangum was two-time team captain, two-time Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year.