St Catherine’s boasts one of the friendliest Human Sciences departments in the university, with around four students in each year group. Current students comment that this helps each student in a variety of ways: there is always someone with whom they can discuss a particular idea, or with whom they can share a concern; they help one another practically, finding set books, or communicating with tutors. Their learning is not only intellectually demanding but sociable too.
One feature of Human Sciences at St Catherine’s is the particular research interests of the college tutors. These research interests enrich their tutorial teaching and act as a potential source of expertise should students decide to pursue related topics in their third year dissertations. Naomi Freud’s research interests include the plasticity of human growth, risk minimisation strategies adopted by contemporary and historical societies and the relationship between diet and infectious and non-infectious disease. Amanda Palmer’s interests focus on the social side of the degree and she considers gender dynamics and educational inequality as well as the study of blues music in its social context. Adam Ritchie, who teaches genetics at Catz also carries out research looking into the impact of large-scale scientific studies on intellectual and scientific capacity building in Africa.
We have a large and regularly updated collection of Human Sciences books in the college library with more than one copy of the most popular texts.
St Catherine’s is located next door to the Social Sciences Library and a short walk from the Zoology Department. Although the Human Sciences Centre is slightly further away, the walk across the University Parks is very pleasant.
Students from St Catherine’s have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers, including medicine, media, finance, international development, and academic research in a number of different fields.
A fledgling society for Human Sciences at Catz maintains contact with former and present students to allow a social and intellectual engagement which builds on common and unique interests from a supportive base.