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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Social Sciences Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center
    • tel: 610-499-4365
    • fax: 610-499-4603
  • David Fendrich, PhD

  • Trudy Depew

Social Sciences

Associate Dean

 Dr. David Fendrich

David Fendrich, PhD

My job is to help students connect with the stimulating programs offered by the Social Science division. I take great pride in seeing our faculty help students achieve their educational goals. Dr. Fendrich is the immediate supervisor of faculty and oversees student progress across the division.

Program Highlight

Student Project Day

Seniors across the Social Science Division present the results of their research and ongoing scholarly activities at the annual Student Project Day.

Are you fascinated by the rapid pace of change in the modern world and interested in developing awareness and skills that will lead to a successful career? Are you concerned about the broad range of challenges facing contemporary society and want to make a difference in addressing some of these problems? If so, you may be ready to major in one of the social sciences.

As the 21st century takes shape, students majoring in one of the social sciences are especially poised to make sense of the complex environment and prepared to pursue successful careers in business, government, or the nonprofit sectors. Social science majors are also well prepared to pursue graduate study in law or a range of behavioral sciences.

Majors Offered

Widener’s Social Science Division offers a wide range of majors that explore individual, societal, and cultural perspectives and prepare students for successful careers and engaged lives in the 21st century. Majors include

 Why Widener?

Faculy and student discussion.Close Student–Faculty Interactions
Students in all of the social science majors have numerous opportunities to develop close connections with faculty members. Each student is paired with a faculty member in his or her field as a personal academic adviser, and small class sizes promote meaningful interactions and high-impact learning. Faculty also work closely with students on small-group projects, and many partner with interested students on scholarly research.

cross-disciplinary opportunitiesCross-disciplinary Opportunities
Many students in the Social Science Division are interested in more than one academic area. Programs recognize this through boundary-spanning curriculum design featuring coursework outside of the major; students can pursue double majors or minors that highlight a well-rounded skill set such as language, legal studies, or interdisciplinary programs. Students may also pursue study abroad experiences or participate in personally enriching short-term travel study excursions to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, or Europe. 


athletic competitionExtensive Student Involvement
Most students in the Social Science Division supplement their academic pursuits with participation in at least one co-curricular and extra-curricular activity. Learning to manage their time and energies effectively, social science students excel as scholar-athletes, student leaders, and civically engaged activists involved in promoting positive change in the community.


See Flickr for photos of recent social science graduates who achieved MAC academic honor roll status while excelling in a varsity sport.

Program Highlight: Student Lobby Day