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History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Donald W. Viney

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Address:
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Welcome to the
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences

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An administrative unit housing multiple disciplines and located in historic Russ Hall, the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences (HPASS) was formally established in Spring, 2011 with the combination of the previously separate departments of History and Social Sciences. The department has the following undergraduate majors and/or minors, as well as a graduate degree in History:

Geography (Major/Minor)
History (Major/Minor)
History and Government(Major)
    For students interested in teaching
Justice Studies (Major/Minor)
   Emphasis: Criminal Justice
Master of Arts in History (Graduate Degree)



Multicultural Studies (Minor)
Philosophy
(Minor)
Political Science (Major/Minor)
   Emphasis: Pre-law
Social Work (Major)
Sociology (Major/Minor)
   Emphasis: Criminology
   Emphasis: Diversity Studies

Educating as well as training, departmental programs equip graduates not only to pursue rewarding careers but also cultivate student capacity for critical thought, moral reflection, and active citizenship. Graduates have pursued advanced degrees, such as:
 

Juris Doctor (Law School)
Master of Science in Social Work
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Criminal Justice
Master of Arts in History
Master of Public Administration
Ph.D in Sociology or Political Science or Philosophy or Geography or History or Criminology or Social Work
Other graduates have used their educations to secure employment in a wide-range of vocational choices, such as the following examples: Russ with Dogwood Tree

Hospital Case Manager
Military Officer
Law Enforcement (Local, State, Federal)
Secondary/Middle School Teacher
Insurance Agent
Business Management
City/County Management
Journalist

GIS Specialist
Private Social Work Practice
Case Manager for Social Services
Small Business Owner
Government/Urban Planner
Probation, Parole, Correction
Archivist: Museum/Library
Group Facilitator

If you are uncertain about what you are interested in or what you can do with a particular degree program, take a look at the information on the Chair's Message page where you will find an introduction to the department and, more importantly, brief descriptions of the department's programs.

Other programs that may be of interest

International Studies - homepage
  • Program Guide (Major / Minor) / PSU Catalog
Fraud Examination
  • Program Guide (Minor) / PSU Catalog
Pre-Law - see Political Science Pre-Law Emphasis

Women's Studies - homepage
  • Program Guide (Certificate / Minor) / PSU Catalog
Psychology Minor for Justice Studies - homepage
  • Program Guide (Minor) / PSU Catalog
Midwest Model United Nations


Contact Information

Administrative Specialists
Nancy Grantham 620.235.4325 ngrantha@pittstate.edu RH 412
Contact Person
Departmental Administration
Department Chair Dr. Donald W. Viney 620.235.4326 dviney@pittstate.edu RH 412G
Program Directors
International Studies Dr. Darren Botello-Samson 620.235.4334 dbotello-samson@pittstate.edu RH 327D
Social Work Dr. Brad Cameron 620.235.4331 bcameron@pittstate.edu RH 327A
Women's Studies Dr. Browyn Conrad 620.235.4333 browyn@pittstate.edu RH 316
Program Coordinators
Geography Dr. Catherine A. Hooey 620.235.4327 chooey@pittstate.edu RH 322
Graduate Program Dr. Jonathan F. Dresner 620.235.4315 jdresner@pittstate.edu RH 406F
History Dr. Kristin L. Lawson 620.235.4319 klawson@pittstate.edu RH 406E
Justice Studies Dr. Kathleen Cameron 620.235.4320 kcameron@pittstate.edu RH 327B
Multicultural Studies Dr. Harry L. Humphries 620.235.4328 kcameron@pittstate.edu RH 317
Philosophy Dr. James McBain 620.235.6039 jmcbain-@pittstate.edu RH 303
Political Science Dr. Darren Botello-Sampson 620.235.4334 dbotello-samson@pittstate.edu RH 327D
Sociology Dr. Harry L. Humphries 620.235.4328 hlhumphr@pittsate.edu RH 317
Sociology Dr. Browyn Conrad 620.235.4333 browyn@pittstate.edu RH 316
University Pre-law Advisor
Pre-law Advisor Dr. Darren Botello-Samson 620.235.4334 dbotello-samson@pittstate.edu RH 327D
Editor
Midwest Quarterly Editor Dr. Jonathan Dresner 620.235.4315 jdresner@pittstate.edu RH 406F