Teacher-Practitioner

At Bennington, you can take international relations from the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, study politics from a former fellow at the U.S.’s Institute of Peace, or do field research in Africa with an anthropologist who has been studying one Kenyan village for 20 years. Every social science teacher at Bennington is an active scholar in his/her field, advancing the work by doing the work.

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A Bennington Legacy

Social scientists at Bennington have always been active in their fields. Today, students study alongside the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, one of Nigeria’s leading political scientists, and an anthropologist who has been studying one Kenyan village for 20 years.

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Anthropology. History. Philosophy. Political Economy. Politics and International Relations. Psychology.

Social science is an exploration of the human experience. Bennington students in anthropology, politics, psychology, and other areas of the social sciences develop the tools to write history, delve into the human psyche, and more deeply understand states, societies, and cultures. Working closely with faculty, you develop your own precise questions and observations, with an emphasis on gathering evidence, constructing arguments, and presenting your ideas with clarity.

Classes are small, discussion-based seminars, with faculty who are practicing historians, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, policymakers, and diplomats. Extensive reading and writing and lively conversation are complemented by the yearly Field Work Term, with internships in the field, and, if you wish, study abroad.