About History and Social Sciences

The faculty and students within our multidisciplinary department advance the study and practice of history and the social sciences through teaching, research, and outreach.
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Our faculty

We disseminate knowledge through teaching, publications, conference presentations, and engagement with private and public organizations and groups. In a typical year our full-time faculty publish, in total, several books and scores of articles and book chapters.

A multidisciplinary approach

Our four departmental programs – History, Political Science, Legal Studies, and Sociology – offer you the opportunity to explore facets of the human condition. Whether you major, concentrate, or minor in one of the nearly two dozen paths we offer, you will be prepared for advanced study and careers in a variety of fields.

Interdisciplinary studies

Many of our courses are important components of interdisciplinary concentrations – American Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Sports Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexual Studies – and interdisciplinary minors such as Africana/Black Studies, Latin American and Latina/Latino Studies.

Other activities

We sponsor events and support a variety of clubs, organizations, and national and international honor societies that offer opportunities to expand upon concepts and ideas developed in the classroom. For example:

  • Bryant Mock Trial Association - The Bryant Mock Trial Association (BMTA) is a highly competitive team dedicated to participating in intercollegiate Mock Trial tournaments. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. All majors are encouraged to join.

  • Legal Studies Society - This organization brings together students who are interested in the field of legal studies and involves them in academic and social functions related to aspects of the legal environment. Its mission is to further the study of law at Bryant University by promoting student sponsored events, speakers, workshops, and informational sessions.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honor Society - Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. To be eligible for membership, students must have at least junior-year standing, an overall GPA and a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, be in the top 35 percent of their class, and have completed a minimum of four courses in sociology.

  • Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society - Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. to be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in history and have a GPA of 3.1 or better, an overall minimum GPA of 3.0, and be in the top 35 percent of the graduating class.

  • Pi Sigma Alpha: National Political Science Honor Society - Pi Sigma Alpha brings together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. There are more than 700 chapters nationally. To be eligible, students must complete 12 credits of political science with a minimum 3.3 GPA in those classes and have an overall 3.3 GPA.

Where Our Students Go

Graduates of Bryant's programs within the History and Social Sciences Department go on to prestigious graduate schools and are in demand by business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

    Americorps
    Covidien
    Dell EMC
    Bryant University
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    JP Morgan Chase
    Lightspeed GMI
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Paramount Partners, LLC
    Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs
    Peace Corps
    U.S. Department of State
    Boston College
    Brown University
    Bryant University
    Duke University
    Georgetown University
    University of Chicago
    Villanova University
    Wake Forest University

    Inspiring Faculty

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    Inspiring Faculty

    Our faculty are award-winning educators, mentors, and scholars, with expertise in fields including African music, comparative politics, international humanitarian law, race relations, sports studies, the entrepreneurial turn in the biomedical field, and women's history. Among them is:

    JOHN W. DIETRICH, Ph.D.

    Professor of History and Social Studies
    Department Chair