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Interdisciplinary learning that connects the many areas of social science with real-world needs

Blending the theory and practices taught in the Schools of Education, Information Studies, and Social Work, along with the Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, the College of Applied Social Sciences (CASS) offers an exciting opportunity for students to reach across the social sciences and attain a multifaceted, hands-on education that will prepare them to do transformative civic work. We emphasize acquiring skills, knowledge and experiences that result in getting things done, engaging in real-world problems, and advocating for social justice.

CASS faculty provide connections across fields and recognize that genuinely impactful civic work requires people with diverse perspectives and expertise to find common and higher ground. The College contributes to the University’s goal of graduating intellectually curious and engaged students who will carry with them an enthusiasm for lifelong learning in a complex, ever-changing world.


The College of Applied Social Sciences (CASS) prepares and educates professionals in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition to take on important and rewarding work towards the global common good. The College advocates for social and economic justice and equitable educational opportunities, connects persons and communities to information and resources, and generates new knowledge which empowers individuals and diverse communities to positively transform society.


As a College, we are committed to preparing students to make a difference in the quality of life for individuals and society.


The goals of CASS are:

  • To provide ethically engaged interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate education across the spectrum of the College’s disciplines and fields of study that reflects the mission and values of the university.
  • To promote critical thinking and analytical reasoning in research, application of knowledge, and development of professional skills.
  • To provide rigorous reflective-experiential curricula for community-centered leadership.
  • To foster an intellectual culture with interest in communities around the globe.
  • To hold to the highest standards of professional practice, including national accreditation and/or state board approval for programs where appropriate.
  • To promote collaborative interdisciplinary and community partnerships for reciprocal impact.