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Social Sciences

Division Head: Dr. Michelle McLeese
Locations: June Buchanan Alumni Center, Commodore Slone Building
Fall 2019 Schedule of Classes (pdf)
Course Descriptions

IMG_1838Alice Lloyd College’s Social Science Division offers outstanding opportunities for students concerned with the social life of human groups and individuals through course study in economics, political science, psychology, sociology, history and criminal justice. Degrees are available in  Sociology (non-teaching), Social Studies (teaching and non-teaching), and History (teaching and non-teaching).

Majors / Minors Offered

Criminal Justice

Social Studies Education Grades 8-12
History Minor
Sociology Minor

Extracurricular Activities

Sociology Club
The Law Society
Internship Positions

What Can I Do with a Degree in Social Science?

Social scientists study humans, human culture, and the relationship between humans and their environment. In other words, the total human experience is the field of study for the social scientist. Some areas outside of Academics where social scientists might find employment are:

  • Community Planning
  • International Relations
  • Civil Rights Analysis
  • Public Health Program Specialist
  • Criminology/Penology
  • Social Ecology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Social Pathologist
  • Social Work
  • Employee Relations
  • Consumer Safety
  • Community Development
  • Social Problems Specialist
  • Demography
  • Social Welfare Research

The student who wishes to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Political Science, or any of the subfields in these disciplines would be prepared with a degree in the Social Sciences.

Meet Our Faculty

Mr. Robert Buescher

Robert Buescher is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Security Studies.  Buescher also holds a Master of Social Science in Administration of Justice from Mississippi College and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership with a specialization in criminal justice from University of the Cumberland’s.  He has taught both undergraduate and graduate level for almost a decade.  Buescher is a Certified Forensic Interviewer through the Center for Interviewer Standards and Assessment.  He is also trained in interview and interrogation techniques through Wiklander-Zulawski and Associates.  Buescher was a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Security Forces Technical School and has operated in numerous operational and leadership capacities in corrections, physical and private security, loss prevention, and asset protection investigations.

Dr. Rhonda Smith-Daugherty

Dr. Rhonda L. Smith-Daugherty, Professor of History and Departmental Chairperson, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and has taught history since 1993. She joined the faculty of Alice Lloyd College in 2004.

Dr. Smith-Daugherty’s specialty is 20th Century American history. Her research interests include the American Civil War, World War II, and the 1960s. She has published several book reviews and encyclopedia articles. Currently, Dr. Smith-Daugherty is researching the Iran-Contra Scandal for an upcoming collaborative work on counterinsurgency in American history. She is also writing a book on President John Kennedy and South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem.

Additionally, Dr. Smith-Daugherty is a certified Teacher Educator and a member of ALC’s Teacher Education Program Committee. She serves as the American History Content Specialist, Social Studies Education advisor, and Pre-Law advisor. Dr. Smith-Daugherty is also the advisor for the Jack Cooke Kent Scholarship Program, the James Madison Scholarship Program, and the Impact Club. She serves as Assistant Sponsor for the Alpha Chi Honor Society.

Dr. Michelle McLeese

Dr. Michelle McLeese is an Associate Professor in the Sociology department at ALC. Dr. McLeese received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, a Master of Science in Sociology, and a PhD in Sociology all from Virginia Tech.

Dr. McLeese’s research areas include crime/deviance and mental health. Her dissertation is titled: “In Their Own Words: Faculty/Staff and Student Accounts of Stress at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.” She has authored one journal publication and is currently working on future publications.

Originally from Houston, Texas and a Virginia native, Dr. McLeese joined the ALC Sociology department in 2016. She is married and has two children. 

Dr. McLeese also serves as advisor to the ALC Sociology Club, manages the Sociology Internship program, and currently serves as the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee. She also currently teaches fitness classes at ALC.

Dr. Charles Walter

Charles Walter – Sociology.

Dr. Charles Walter is an Associate Professor in the Sociology department at ALC. Dr. Walter received a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University, a Master of Science from West Virginia University, and a PhD from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Walter’s research areas are mental health and organizations. His dissertation is titled: “Historical Context, Institutional Change, Organizational Structure, and the Mental Illness Career.” He has authored several research publications.

A native of West Virginia, Dr. Walter joined the ALC Sociology department in 2014. He is married with two children.

Dr. Walter also serves on the Cultural Diversity Committee.

Dr. Stephen Wilson

Dr. Stephen Wilson serves as a full professor of History at Alice Lloyd College.  Born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, both sides of his family originated in Appalachia.  A first-generation college graduate, he received all of his degrees from the University of Kentucky (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.). 

Professor Wilson has served as a full-time or part-time professor of history at numerous colleges and universities among Kentucky including a previous tenure at Alice Lloyd College (1987-1997).  He has written or contributed to three different books, has published numerous articles in his field, and once served as an editor of an academic journal.