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Mentoring as a Socializing Activity

 
Herb Childress, Director of Undergraduate Curriculum, Boston Architectural College (MA)
Gloria C. Cox, Dean, Honors College, University of North Texas
Susan B. Eve, Associate Dean, Honors College, University of North Texas
Amy J. Orr, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Linfield College (OR)
Julio Rivera, Chair, Department of Geography and Earth Science, Carthage College (WI)
 
The term "social sciences" acts as an umbrella for an extraordinarily broad and diverse range of intellectual activities. It includes practices as quantitative as demography and as qualitative as ethnography. It includes activities like cognitive psychology that are near to the bench sciences, and those like semiotics that are near to literature. It includes research agendas with considerable external funding, such as decision theory, and those like cultural criticism that rarely receive significant grant support. This chapter will not attempt to explore the full breadth of activities encompassed by the social sciences label, but rather will talk about commonalities of mentoring undergraduate students across those fields. Our goal will be to help faculty members excite and encourage undergraduates about the possibilities that their fields entail.
 
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