Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers academic programs that instill critical thinking, problem solving, and clear communication skills to lay the foundation for personal and professional success.

Find your passion

Rivier’s humanities and social science programs are grounded in the University’s historic focus on the dignity of all individuals, an authentic learning community, and deep respect for intercultural traditions and beliefs. With limitless paths, students don’t just find a career, they discover their passion.

The department’s faculty bring both a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to our classrooms, combining expertise in a variety of disciplines including English, law, history, political science, philosophy, sociology, and religion. They will guide students as they explore their interests and aptitudes to launch the careers and futures of which they’ve dreamed.

Undergraduate Programs

Our interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Humanities and Social Sciences builds on Rivier’s history in the liberal arts and prepares students for a variety of careers in all sectors: public, private and non-profit. The major’s theme of Stewardship, Society, and Service provides students with a broad perspective and opportunities to understand current and emerging issues, especially those requiring civic engagement, intellectual knowledge, ethical reasoning, and entrepreneurial drive.

The Criminal Justice program incorporates classes in law, behavioral, natural, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, all supported by Rivier’s core curriculum. Students develop the interpersonal skills, technology, and critical-thinking skills needed to thrive in the field of law enforcement.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Journeys of Transformation

Guided by a journey of self-awareness and discovery, the undergraduate Core Curriculum lays the foundation for success as you embark on your academic journey at Rivier.

Investing in You

Rivier University’s Employment Promise Program enhances the career preparation and employability of students in all academic disciplines, uniquely qualifying you for career success.

Hands-On Learning

Get access to real-world practitioners and secure internships that match your skills and interests to build the career of your dreams.