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Department of Social Sciences

Each of the Social Sciences disciplines connects students to an important facet of the human experience.

The Anthropology, History, and Sociology Programs are housed in the Department of Social Sciences. In each of these programs, we emphasize critical thinking, community engagement, field research, a variety of methodological skills relevant to current societal issues, responsible citizenry, and the generation of transferable skills to prepare students for a successful future. As teachers, we are dedicated to excellence, providing students with opportunities for independent student research and for working closely with faculty. Students learn valuable skills to deal with a diverse world and effect change through internships, service learning, and experiential learning.


A special congratulations to Dr. Ted Thornhill, one of our Sociology professors,  on his recent Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Award in the category of Campus Sustainability Research. 

Dr. Thornhill is one of only six national winners of the AASHE award in this category, demonstrating once again that FGCU faculty are the Best. Anywhere.

Dr. Thornhill's award-winning paper: “We Want Black Students, Just Not You: How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students”


Department Contacts 

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Chair/Associate Professor
Office: Merwin Hall MH-157
Phone: 239-590-7562


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David Woncheck
Administrative Specialist
Office: Merwin Hall MH - 153A
Phone: 239-590-7417

Meet the Social Sciences Faculty & Staff