The Behavioral and Social Science category challenges students to examine the nature of human behavior and the systems and processes that are essential for understanding human societies. Identifying and solving major contemporary societal problems requires broad knowledge of the origins, mechanisms, and consequences of behavioral and social change. Well-prepared global citizens need a basic understanding of how individuals and institutions approach problems in order to build an equitable, just, and sustainable future. Courses in this category will introduce students to the major research methodologies used in behavioral and social sciences, foster cross-cultural understanding, and apply major findings and principles to the study of contemporary social issues.
Students are required to complete six (6) credit hours (two courses) in the Behavioral and Social Science category. It is recommended that these two courses be from different disciplines. Students are encouraged to check any specific category requirements for their major.
Behavioral and Social Science Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will explain behavioral and social phenomena, institutions, systems, or processes as they relate to a particular behavioral or social science.
- Students will explain the importance of understanding how the diversity of human experiences and belief systems are shaped by historical processes, social structures, and institutional systems of power.
- Students will evaluate how data, concepts, or methods within the behavioral and social sciences are used to support conclusions about individual, group, or institutional behavior.