Political scientist Yascha Mounk engaged with Loomis Chaffee Head of School Sheila Culbert in a conversation about current threats to democracies and the rise of populism around the world for a video convocation geared toward juniors and seniors.
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.
The faculty of Loomis Chaffee’s Social Sciences Department recognized 51 students on Monday, May 18, for demonstrating academic excellence in the classroom this year.
Students in Applied Economics class this spring paired with Loomis Chaffee alumni in a variety of professions for a lesson focused on writing resumes and cover letters.