Department of Social Sciences
There is an important connection between the words social and science. Science is defined by its commitment to systematic observation and the systematic knowledge gained from that observation. In the Lewis College of Human Sciences at Illinois Tech, those of us in the Department of Social Sciences take the principles, methods, and goals of scientific inquiry and apply them to group-level, human endeavor. Social scientists conduct basic research into fundamental processes, concepts, and interactions. We also conduct applied research where we use theories, methods and findings to consciously inform and evaluate group-level decisions and practices.