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Since graduating from LSSU's Communication program in 2008, Ben has enjoyed success in the insurance industry due in part to the skills he learned at LSSU. He currently is an Operations Supervisor for Farmers Insurance Group in Grand Rapids, MI and leads a team of 15 in a direct to customer contact center. The department plays a major role in Farmer's market strategy by supporting the local agent distribution channel with extended hours via phone and chat. "The interpersonal and organizational communication skills I learned at LSSU are used on a daily basis in insurance. Insurance is an intangible product that is more of an interpersonal relationship between the policy holder and the company", says Ben. "My primary job is coaching team members to effectively analyze and communicate complex situations in a way our customers understand using straightforward and proactive interaction models. The curriculum at LSSU not only prepared in my current job, but also prepared me to know how to transfer these skills to my team."

Ben Momber - BA Communication 2008

College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences

Academic Programs (Degrees/Certificates and Majors)

Baccalaureate
  • Political Science
    • Tracks in: General, Prelaw, Public Administration
    • Secondary Teaching
  • Psychology
    • Elementary Teaching
    • Secondary Teaching
  • Sociology
    • Elementary Teaching
    • Secondary Teaching
    • Social Services
Associate
  • Social Work
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Certificate
  • International Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Social Sciences is to actively involve students in expanding their understanding of society and human behavior, increasing their sense of social responsibility, and in enhancing their scholarly skills. We achieve this through a strategy of engaging with students, demonstrating enthusiasm for the subject matter, and modeling scholarship.

The School of Social Sciences offers bachelors degrees in History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, and also minors and associate degrees in areas of human services. Our school also offers many General Education and service courses for students in other disciplines.

Most students come into our classrooms to fulfill the General Education and service credit requirements. We welcome these opportunities to expose students majoring in other disciplines to the social sciences. In teaching these students, our goals are to share our enthusiasm for our disciplines, to help them learn how to critically examine social issues, including diversity, and to encourage the students to develop a sense of social responsibility.

For students planning to graduate from our programs, we have more elaborated goals. Our majors and minors enter our classrooms with broad ranges of intellectual skills and knowledge. As teachers, our goals are to challenge each student to set high expectations for his or her intellectual growth and help each student in becoming an active agent in expanding his or her scholarly abilities and social knowledge. In addition to providing a solid grounding in their discipline, we help students develop skills in critical thinking, communication, analysis, and research. We also work to prepare students to be active and informed citizens and members of their communities.

To all of our classes we bring a commitment to excellent teaching, a dedication to scholarship and an understanding of diversity.

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Amanda Lafrinere created an electronic magazine to promote a newly established wedding planning business, Alyn Design, in Northern Michigan. Even though she formally graduates in May, Lafrinere already works full-time as a graphic designed at VitalCare in Cheboygan, Michigan.

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