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Photo of Dr. James WrightWelcome from the Chair

Why do we do what we do? What difference can an individual make? How are all religions the same? Why do we have governments? If you have ever wondered about these questions, then the Department of Social Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts at Dalton State College is for you. The Department of Social Sciences focuses on several academic areas that are critical to answering those and many other questions. Included in the department are the areas of political science, philosophy, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology.

We offer B.S. degrees in both Criminal Justice and in Psychology and teach a range of courses in the other areas that support the Core Curriculum at Dalton State. You can learn about personal and social behavior of individuals and the impact of government on our lives. You can explore primitive societies as well as modern societies. You can look at the normal, the abnormal, and the criminal. And you can try to come to an understanding about the meaning of life!

Our faculty is exceptionally well-prepared and brings to the classroom a range of experiences in both the academic and non-academic worlds. In addition to excellent teaching, our faculty do research, present papers at academic conferences, sponsor clubs and activities on campus, take students on field trips, and give talks and presentations nationally and internationally. However, the overriding focus of our faculty is on the education of our students in the classroom and in the preparation of our students for life beyond Dalton State, whether it be in professional careers or in post-baccalaureate education.

I look forward to answering any questions that you might have.

Dr. James Wright
Chair, Department of Social Sciences; Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology



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