Learning: Social Sciences

Anthropology, economics, geography, politics, psychology, sociology. They're about life, about how humans interact, and about how societies function. We want you to question them, combine them, and teach us what you find.

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"It was good to know that I'd be stepping into a really global space where I'd be surrounded by a variety of backgrounds and experiences and passions and interests. And really know that my education was not just going to be about particular disciplines and the rigidity of particular disciplines, but about interdisciplinary work and about multicultural work as well. That was the biggest factor in attracting me to Mount Holyoke."

(Video: Students and faculty in a variety of classroom settings; one student speaking directly to camera)

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Professor of Politics Vincent Ferraro:

"And don't misunderstand me, mobility has always been a tough issue for the United States, always been a tough issue. The Irish come in and the Italians come in and people have to figure out whether or not we're going to let them in. But once you're in, you're in, and no one really cares. And now we have Anthony Scolito, and soon to be Samuel Alito: Italians."

(Video: Professor Ferraro lecturing to a classroom of students)

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Professor Becky Packard:

"I think our department of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke is very different in that students are really collaborators on research with us. They spend a lot of time thinking with us about ideas, and we spend a lot of time with them in classes--both larger groups, in smaller groups, one on one, out in the community--and we really get to know them both personally and academically. And I think that's the real joy of teaching here, that we really get to know our students well and we get to see them grow and develop in many different capacities."

(Video: Professor Packard both in class with her students and speaking directly to the camera)

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"I'm a huge fan of the Five Colleges, that's actually one of the reasons that I chose Mount Holyoke. I'm hoping to take a course at Smith, that is Portuguese for Spanish speakers. I've always wanted to learn Portuguese. Looking forward, I'm actually going to Spain for a semester, but I'm really excited about that. I'm going to be taking some anthropology courses about Spain while in Spain and that should be really interesting, as well as, hopefully, a flamenco dance course."

(Video: one student speaking directly into the camera)

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Professor Penny Gill:

"I'm Penny Gill, and I'm a professor of politics. This is a seminar on Globalization and Its Discontents and, in fact, my classroom really is a global classroom. Half of the students in the group are from other parts of the world. . . a woman from Afghanistan, from Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Hungary, Korea, Japan, that's really quite a crowd. So when we talk about globalization this group knows what it's talking about."

(Video: Professor Gill and her students during a seminar class, professor Gill speaking directly into the camera)

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