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Why Humanities and Social Sciences

The social and behavioral sciences are characterized by their application of both rational and empirical methods to studying the ways in which individuals, organizations, and societies are influenced by the environment as well as by personal and societal goals. 
Learning outcomes for students completing the Behavioral and Social Sciences requirement are: 

  • Being able to use a variety of theories to explain human behavior.
  • Describing how the study of human behavior is founded on empirical and scientific observation.
  • Recognizing the effects of the environment on individual behavior and recognizing the effects of social institutions and processes on human interaction.
  • Understanding significant social, economic, and political developments in Western and non-Western history.
  • Grasping the interaction of Western and non-Western cultural traditions.