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Welcome to the Critical Social Studies Program

Karl MarxThe critical social studies program is about theory, emphasizing social and cultural theories and their interrelationships. Though we hold differing interpretations of what theory is, we share an understanding of its rootedness in the lived practice of everyday lives.

About the Critical Social Studies Program

Racism IssuesThis program involves us in a common project of studying, criticizing, and, indeed, making theory, engaging faculty and students in increasingly demanding theoretical dialogues with three aims:
First, to reflect on the “common sense” assumptions, practices, and identities that inform everyday life; to reflect on the practices, assumptions, and representations that constitute the common sense of academic disciplines; and to reflect on the consequences and implications of these.
Second, to deal critically and historically, in social, political, and economic context, with those “common sense” attitudes that Charlotte Gilmanconstitute everyday and academic life.
Third, to encourage reflection on the personal, practical, and policy implications of such critical activity, that is, to consider what might be done for public policy and for social action, and its sought and unsought personal consequences.
The critical social studies program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor.

Where We Are Located

Stern Hall

For more Information, Please Contact:

The Critical Social Studies Program
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Stern Hall
Geneva, NY 14456
phone (315) 781-3420
fax (315) 781-3422


Demarest Hall

For more information, contact

T. Dunbar Moodie, Professor of Sociology, ext. 3446, 209 Stern Hall

Dunbar Moodie
Professor of Sociology
ext. 3446, 209 Stern Hall

Jean Salone
(8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

FAX: 781-3422