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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Degrees and Pre-Major

If you plan to pursue a four-year degree in social science, but have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university, we recommend our pre-major as a way for students to deepen their knowledge of social sciences, as well as their overall understanding of individuals, societies and cultures and complete their general education requirements.

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Oakton offers an associate in arts (A.A.) for students who wish to pursue a bachelor of arts at a four-year college or university. Once you have selected your transfer school, consult the Office of Advising, Transitions and Student Success, as well as the transfer institution's catalog. This will help you select courses that will meet both Oakton's and your transfer school's requirements.

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What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Enrolling at Oakton College can save you thousands of dollars and help you earn more over the course of your career. Our tuition is among the lowest in the region, and we offer many ways to bring your costs down even more.

99 percent of Oakton students graduate without debt.

To help you get there, you can apply for a scholarship, which you don’t have to pay back. We award $12 million in scholarships annually. Financial Aid includes grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance that can reduce your costs of attending college.

We offer payment options that give you control over how you pay. Pay all at once or spread your payments over the course of the semester.

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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
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
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 
Office: 2702, Des Plaines

Meet our part-time faculty

Eric Bottorff 
B.A. Indiana University
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

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

Nelson Wainwright
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

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