Social Sciences at Wheaton College

City Street with Crowds

Wheaton is a Christian liberal arts college that aims to “educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” How can we work to benefit society worldwide if we don’t understand how societies work and what it means to actually benefit them? That is what the social sciences do here at Wheaton, discovering and illuminating how societies—in all their economic, social, political, and cultural dimensions—function and how we, as neighbors, citizens, and above all as Christians might contribute to their flourishing.

Six Undergrad Programs. Four Certificates. Three Graduate Degrees.

About a third of all Wheaton students major in one of our six programs:

or complete one of our four certificate programs:

We have three graduate programs and a graduate certificate from which to choose:

Academic Centers and Experiential Learning

You will also enjoy access to three unique academic centers: the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics, the Wheaton Center for Faith and Disability, and the Center for Urban Engagement; each offer a wide range of resources and programming. And our Wheaton in Chicago program gives you a chance to apply what you hear in the classroom as you live, learn, and work in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s south side.

Inspiring Outcomes

From social work to ministry, from law to finance to government, Wheaton's social science programs will prepare you to make a kingdom impact in a wide variety of contexts. Our graduates work for companies such as:

  • Amazon
  • Cerner
  • Colorado Youth for a Change
  • Dell
  • Epsilon
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Google
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • IBM
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Marriot
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Tesla Motors
  • U.S. Bank

And they are accepted to top educational institutions to continue their education such as:

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Western Seminary
  • Yale Divinity School

Grapple with Issues That Matter

Our outstanding faculty will challenge you to engage with issues of justice and injustice, power and weakness, wealth and poverty, and much else, all in the light of what it means to love our neighbors—whether near or far—as ourselves and bring our witness to Christ to bear in all the places of the world. We invite you to join us. 

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