College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

includes the departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Economics, Business, and Accounting housed in the PURI School of Business; Education; Physical Education; and Political Science.

College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

includes the departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Economics, Business, and Accounting housed in the PURI School of Business; Education; Physical Education; and Political Science.

College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

includes the departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Economics, Business, and Accounting housed in the PURI School of Business; Education; Physical Education; and Political Science.

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College Dean

Debra Dew, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

DDew@rockford.edu
815-394-5204

College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

The College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education (SSCE) has a diverse range of majors in the departments of anthropology and sociology; economics, business and accounting (housed in the PURI School of Business); education; physical education; and political science. Through the liberal arts tradition, students will develop broad-based critical-thinking and problem-solving skills which are of lasting significance and apply to an extended range of current and future careers. Students will also develop the specific skills that they need to progress in their chosen career along with the opportunity to apply those skills through service learning opportunities, clinical experiences, internships, and research projects.

Our faculty members bring experience in their respective fields as well as a deep knowledge of their field of study to the classroom.  Although active in research and community service, their primary focus is teaching and providing a customized path for students to accomplish their career goals and flourish as an intellectually curious citizen.

College Departments

Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology and Sociology illuminate the human experience; they invite us to examine aspects of the social environment that we often ignore, neglect or take for granted.

Physical Education

The Physical Education department offers programs of study focused on the art and science of human movement and sport.

Economics, Business, and Accounting

The programs within the PURI School of Business help students develop both a sense of the history of their own discipline and of its relation to the other social sciences.

Education

Our teacher education programs are firmly rooted in the liberal arts to provide a broad range of knowledge and practical experiences that help our students prepare for their careers.

Political Science

The Political Science department helps students develop their minds and, one hopes, also their characters to become decent, responsible, and informed citizens.

Our Students - What They Say

From the skills I have attained and developed at Rockford University, I am confident that they have shaped me into a more effective, efficient leader and thinker.

Tim Schmeling ’15

Through the Elementary Education major, my classmates and I received endless opportunities to visit classrooms and get first-hand experience.

Samantha Kays '13

As I went through some core business classes when I came to Rockford, I realized that I began to really enjoy them because of the knowledgeable and caring professors.

Stephanie Tassone '15

I'm happy to say I successfully completed my licensure with an endorsement in PE with the help of Rockford University and am now doing what I love. The professors are supportive, and they helped make sure I stayed inspired in my career path.

Michelle Tucker '11

During finals of my 2013 Spring semester, I was given the opportunity to share my important research about low-birth rates and their causes and present this research at a national conference.

Megan Brechon '13

I would recommend Rockford University to others, and I do on a regular basis. I feel like the professors and sense of community fostered here go a long way in aiding the academic experience.

Matthew Fiedler '15

I chose Rockford University because I heard it was a great college. I loved the small class sizes, and the faculty and staff are amazing.

Maja Kuljanin '14

The faculty and staff really take the time to care about us as students and make sure that everyone understands the coursework. That's something completely unique that I had never experienced before.

Katie Hanson '13

Rockford University allowed me to pursue my personal interests and my professional goals at the same time.

Kipton Bucey '12

I was a transfer student, and the previous school I attended did not offer as good of financial aid packages as RU could offer me, which made my decision easy.

Ivy Hood '16

I came here to enhance my value as not only a current and future employee, but as a person. The MBA Program has taught me to respect and value another person's opinion and gain invaluable knowledge.

Eric Meyer '16

The thing I love most about RU is the ability I have to connect with my professors. This is really important to me because I feel like I can always come to them for help or academic advice if I need it.

Haley Foster '17

With endless amounts of resources available, it is hard not to succeed at Rockford University because the faculty genuinely cares about each and every student.

Andrea Bent '18

The classes I took at Rockford University related to and could be applied to what was going on in the world, and they helped me understand how things work and why things work the way that they do in our government.

David Smith '12

I had two internships while at Rockford University, including one at Savant Capital Management and one at Deloitte Consulting. Both were invaluable in developing my skills as a professional and a leader.

Amour Muro '14