General Education: Social Sciences
Students will have a “basic understanding of … the social sciences and their significance in contemporary society” (BOG) and will have an “awareness of the social, economic, political and environmental interdependence of countries and regions of the world” (BOG). The social sciences focus on human behavior: how people interact with each other in the past and present; how people interact with the environment; and how people organize, govern and trade among themselves.
- To discuss, explore or utilize the scientific method to understand human behavior and address the question of 'why do people do what they do?';
- To identify major concepts in one or more social science disciplines and provide insight into the breadth of these disciplines and their relationship to other disciplines; and
- To recognize how critical analysis and reasoning are used to address problems in the social sciences.
Additionally, Social Science courses must demonstrate at least one of the following goals:
- To identify, explain, apply or evaluate the moral and ethical codes of a social science discipline, and/or
- To recognize, describe or analyze how cultural differences impact human behavior (where culture is defined broadly to include issues such as gender, ethnicity, racial diversity, religious belief, lifespan, etc.).