Social Science

The Social Science department reflects Loomis Chaffee’s longstanding commitment to giving its students meaningful opportunities to understand how society works — why people make the decisions they do, along with the consequences of those decisions — on an individual level and in groups. Human development and behavior, social and governmental structure, cultural patterns and economic systems are all examined to give students deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. Classes will expand student viewpoints, teach multiple perspectives, and prepare them to engage and think critically about themselves and the economic, political, and social institutions that influence their lives.

This department offers a number of electives that will meet the Philosophy, Psychology, and Religious Studies diploma requirement; all students must take two term courses in any of these three disciplines, at least one of which must be taken during the junior or senior year. Philosophy and Religious Studies courses are listed under the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department.