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
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 constitute 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
For more Information, Please Contact:
The Critical Social Studies Program
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456 phone (315) 781-3420 fax (315) 781-3422
For more information, contact
Christopher E. Gunn, Professor of Economics/William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, ext. 3416, 319 Stern Hall