The Social Sciences Department seeks to promote an understanding of, and appreciation for, the achievements, conflicts, and cultural diversity of the global society in which we live. Students objectively study and analyze historical trends in order to develop a critical understanding of the political, economic, cultural, and intellectual movements that have defined the world stage. Courses examine trends in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Students are instructed in the usage of primary and secondary sources for inclusion in their research projects, and they incorporate materials from a variety of sources such as library and other databases. While students are encouraged to develop intellectual objectivity, they also consider world events and historical trends in the light of the Catholic viewpoint and faith-based values.