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Bryan Beverly, a 2006 Olivet College graduate, is passionate about his education. So much so, that he’s spent his entire career working to ensure others have the same opportunities he was given.

“I take pride in the quality of education I have received,” Beverly said. “And I’m passionate about providing similar treasured experiences to students in today’s urban schools.” For that reason, Beverly leaps at chances that allow him to make a true impact in the field. His most recent endeavor: on Election Day, he was voted to the Lansing Board of Education.

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Helen Macqueen, an Olivet College senior majoring in sociology/anthropology with a history minor, pursued two independent studies this spring with Cynthia Noyes, associate professor of sociology/anthropology. Her classes were titled, Museums: Issues and Exhibits, and Museums: Problems and Possibilities. She and Noyes met once a week to cover material for both of the courses.

“While the majority of students who declare a social science major want to work in the helping professions, some are interested in different aspects of society and culture,” Noyes said. “These students are usually very motivated, good students, who want to pursue some particular line of research, like Helen.”

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When Kaitlin Greathouse learned she was accepted into the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science, she’s pretty sure she screamed.

Considering it’s one of the top three programs in the world for English speakers to learn Arabic and its politics, who could blame her?

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About the Social Science Department

The Social Science Department has the flexibility to accommodate students with varied career interests, preparing you for non-profit or public service positions, and graduate school as well.

All students within the Social Science Department complete an internship as part of their academic experience with top organizations, such as local government branches and departments, schools, social service agencies and more. Many of our students find full-time careers with these organizations after graduation.

Our social science majors are also encouraged to travel out-of-state and abroad as part of their experience. Past travel experiences have included study in Ireland, Greece, Rome, England, India, Japan and Ghana as well as in Maine, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

As part of the curriculum, you’ll have opportunities to pursue independent research. Exploring your field of study through research allows you to gain hands-on experience, work with our outstanding faculty, prepare for graduate school or get a head start on your career.


Cynthia Noyes, J.D.

Chair, Social Science Department; Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Pre-Law Advisor

Regina Armstrong

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; Director of Criminal Justice; Director of Correction Officer Academy

Craig Korpela, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

Nikki Magie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Science

Phil Reed

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Michael Sherzer

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


DaunTrell Hill

"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."

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