Welcome to the Department of
Economics, Political Science & Sociology!
The discipline of economics
studies the ways in which people make choices as they assume the
various roles of consumer, worker, small business owner, business or
non-profit manager, investor, government policymaker, and the like.
The manner in which the economy is organized determines the
opportunities available to individuals for achieving their goals in
a wide variety of areas, and it is one of the key factors affecting
the quality of life in any society. Recently, with the increasing
reliance upon free market economic principles at home and around the
globe, students across the country have demonstrated a renewed
interest in the study of economics. The background they acquire will
serve them well whether they are preparing for careers in business,
government or the non-profit sector, or plan to enter graduate
school or law school.
The discipline of political science
studies political institutions, the political behavior of groups,
and the political behavior of individuals within groups. More
specifically, the discipline of Political Science includes the study
of American and foreign entities, political history, constitutional
and policy issues, interest groups, and the media. Although the
field is sufficiently diverse to cover virtually any topic of a
political nature, a traditional curriculum comprised of several
subfields is widely recognized and is included in the Political
Science and Public Affairs major at Missouri Western.
Sociology is the study
of group life, social interactions, and relationships in society.
Sociology deals with issues relevant to people and social life.
Sociology is concerned with such topics as marriage and the family,
urban and rural life, crimes, social class, race and ethnicity, sex
and gender, demographic changes, environment, technology and
communication-to name a few. Sociology addresses these and other
pressing contemporary issues by applying the systematic methods of