Social Sciences

We are part of the School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies. Our department offers Associate in Arts degrees in geography, history, philosophy, and political science.

We also offer lower-division preparation for the major courses related to transfer and graduation requirements at four-year colleges and universities.

Social Sciences Occasional Lectures Series

Since 1991, the Social Sciences Occasional Lectures Series has provided riveting talks by invited speakers from the ranks of Mesa faculty as well as regional and national experts.

The central purpose of the lectures series is to provide a forum for the Social Sciences faculty professional development, but interested students and others are welcome.

The series is usually in session one Friday a month during the months of October through November, and February through April. Please click on the box to the right for a list of upcoming lectures - please note that faculty FLEX CREDIT is available for those who attend. All lectures meet 12:00-2:00 PM in LRC 435 unless otherwise noted.

The list of past and current outside speakers include then-Former CA Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, the Rev. James Lawson , Professor Marjorie Cohn (Thomas Jefferson School of Law), and Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and academics such as Lawrence Hinman (USD, Philosophy), Michael Bernstein (formerly UCSD History), Alexander Saxton (emeritus, UCLA History), John Berteaux (CSU Monterey, Philosophy), Virginia Lewis (USD, Political Science), H.E. Baber (USD, Philosophy), James Green (University of Massachusetts, Boston, History and Labor Studies) and Paul Vanderwood (emeritus SDSU, History). Other invited speakers include bioethicist Linda McDonald Glenn, film historian Frank Thompson, Director of Border Environmental Justice Campaign Amelia Simpson, and Captain Michael Simpson (US Navy, ret.)

Dr. Jonathan McLeod (History) was the founder of the colloquium series and also served as its coordinator until 2004, when Dr. Nina Rosenstand (Philosophy) took over as chair of the series. Funding has generously been provided by the Mesa College Humanities Institute.

We have been acknowledged by several authors for having provided an important forum for their seed work in developing scholarship. For further information, please contact Nina Rosenstand: nrosenst@sdccd.edu