Social scientists conduct basic research into fundamental processes, concepts, and interactions. We also conduct applied research where we use theories, methods, and findings to consciously inform and evaluate group-level decisions and practices. Our faculty draw from diverse backgrounds of study and life experience to inform both our basic and our applied work. 

Students majoring in our degree programs receive the rigorous, multidisciplinary training they will need to embark on a wide range of fulfilling careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Our majors also give students excellent preparation for law school and advanced degrees in many of the social and applied sciences. In addition, our degree programs complement the more technical courses of study offered at Illinois Tech, making them good choices for students wishing to pursue a dual degree. 

We encourage our students to find the questions and modes of inquiry that fascinate them, and can even customize programs of study to suit an individual’s interests. We work hand-in-hand to help students find the internships, externships, and jobs that will provide them with a real advantage in the post-graduate marketplace.


Great Problems Great Minds Seminar Series Poster

Great Problems, Great Minds

Join the Department of Social Sciences for the Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series taking place virtually during the fall 2020 semester. We’ll explore technical solutions to our Great Problems, and especially the added challenges that arise when possible solutions are opposed by segments of society.

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Jonathan Rosenberg
Professor of Political Science
Daniel Bliss
Associate Professor of Political Science Undergraduate Program Director
Ullica Segerstrale
Professor of Sociology
Matthew Shapiro
Professor of Political Science Affiliate Professor, Stuart School of Business
Patrick Ireland
Professor of Political Science
Yuri Mansury
Associate Professor of Social Science Associate Chair of Social Sciences
Hao Huang
Associate Professor of Social Sciences

“My academic experience has been excellent. My degree program allows me to study more about politics, the economy, and cultural backgrounds around the world, while also sharpening my communication skills through writing or presentations. The class sizes are relatively small, and the professors are always able to help you out if you have questions or are having trouble understanding something. Furthermore, it’s really easy to get in contact with your adviser and see what you need to do going forward since the department is very close-knit.”

—Gerard Jumanan (Global Studies '19)

Gerard Jumanan