Social Behavior and Human Understanding

Social Behavior and Human Understanding provides students with a basis for understanding social systems and the interactions of individuals and societies. Selected courses should emphasize the ability to understand and analyze multiple perspectives on social and cultural change, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of conflicting points of view.

Focus theme requirements stipulate students take three courses in at least two different disciplines that emphasize the development of an appreciation of and sensitivity to differences between and among individuals in different economic, political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social groups.

Student learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the development of interpersonal skills.
  • Exhibit an awareness of the roles that disability, race, class, ethnicity, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, and gender play in micro-, meso-, and macro-level interactions and exchanges.
  • Identify the contributions and needs of others in society utilizing social, behavioral, and humanist perspectives from a variety of disciplines.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human motivation, the role of power, and the effects of change in historical and contemporary societies.
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