Social Science

In our Social Science courses, you will examine the impact of humanity on our world. Taking Social Science classes will allow you to think about and solve problems from the perspectives of psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, economics and political science.

Social science provides a strong foundation for many roles, including teachers, data analysts, social and community service managers, urban and regional planners and media and communication professionals. You will have the opportunity to learn research techniques, critical thinking, communication skills and many other abilities specific to your chosen discipline.

All students completing the Global Studies or Peace and Social Justice Studies concentrations take one or more social science courses. Oakton's Social Sciences classes can prepare you to become an expert in your chosen field by obtaining an Associate of the Arts (A.A) degree. 

Special Programs

Oakton offers a selection of special interdisciplinary programs that complement coursework in the social sciences. These feature unique curricula and opportunities for students, such as our Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and Peace and Social Justice Studies programs.

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Meet Your Faculty

Oakton's Social Sciences faculty are here to help you find your unique path to success.

Meet our full-time faculty:

Michelle Naffziger-Hirsch
Co-chair, Anthropology, College Studies, Education, Psychology, Sociology & Social Sciences (ACEPSS) 
Professor of Sociology
B.A. Northwestern University
M.A. Northwestern University
Ph.D. Northwestern University
mnaffzig@oakton.edu
847.376.7269
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

Katherine Schuster
Co-chair, Anthropology, College Studies, Education, Psychology, Sociology & Social Sciences (ACEPSS)
Coordinator, Education and Global Studies
Distinguished Professor, Education
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College
M.S. Minnesota State University
Ph.D. Loyola University - Chicago
schuster@oakton.edu
Homepage: www.oakton.edu/~schuster
847.376.7118
Office: 2526, Des Plaines

Julio Capeles
Assistant Professor of Social Science
B.A. University of Puerto Rico
M.A. New Mexico State University
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
jcapeles@oakton.edu 
847.635.1950
Office: 2702, Des Plaines


Meet our part-time faculty

Eric Bottorff 
Lecturer
B.A. Indiana University
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana
ejbottorff@gmail.com
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Eileen Off
Lecturer
B.S. Loyola University Chicago
M.A. Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
eoff@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Nelson Wainwright
Lecturer
nwainwright@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

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