engage with the world

Explore interrelationships between social and cultural theories and how they impact our everyday lives with a major or minor in Critical Social Studies. Through the program, you’ll learn to question "common sense" and its history. You'll participate in increasingly demanding dialogue that inspires you to construct theory and create change. You’ll graduate with a better understanding of theory and the ability to apply that knowledge to future studies and career choices.


Experiential EducationChallenge the Norm

Attend lectures on feminist critiques of capitalism hosted by the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice or work with the Finger Lakes Institute to educate policy makers on environmental threats.

At Hobart and William Smith, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.



No Borders:Global Education

Study Irish society in Ireland or societal expectations in Hong Kong.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.

Student in Hong Kong

Interrogate ideas and assumptions surrounding topics such as privilege, revolution, violence and class.

BIDS 200 – Introductory Dialogues in Critical Social Studies

Investigate ways in which hegemonic "common sense(s)" are constructed and changed, both in society and the academy and the purposes they serve.

WMST 300 – Feminist Theory

Examine several elements of feminist theorizing and their histories.

ECON 232 – U.S. Economy: A Critical Analysis

Learn how changing patterns of growth and stagnation in economic activity are analyzed using the concept of social structures of accumulation.


Alum ImpactEmpowering Experiences

Julia schwartz '19
Program Coordinator for Grants and Awards at Conquer Cancer of the ASCO Foundation

Julia left her comfort zone coming to HWS from her home in Virginia. But her time here would be filled with new experiences - from engaging in different disciplines to studying abroad in the Czech Republic. These experiences prepared her for graduate school and a career in international development.

Companies that employ our graduates   

  • AmeriCorps
  • Centenary College
  • d'Oliveira and Associates, P.C.
  • ECC Pyeongchon
  • Landmark Medical Center
  • Peace Corps
  • Public International law & Policy Group
  • Shelburne Community School