(one unit to be taken during the first three years)

Learning Objectives

The social sciences provide systematic approaches to understanding relationships that arise among individuals, organizations, or institutions. Students in a course in the Social Scientific Approach to Knowing to acquire an understanding of theories about an individual or collective behavior within a social environment and how empirical evidence is used to develop and test those theories.


  1. Courses in Social-Scientific Approaches
    1. explore assumptions embedded in social scientific theories and
    2. examine the importance of simplifying or describing observations of the world to construct a model of an individual or collective behavior.
  2. Courses in Social-Scientific Approaches require students to apply a social scientific theory to understand individual or collective behavior.

Approved Courses

  • COMM 156 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 160 Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • COMM 181 Introduction to Online Communication
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Markets and Macroeconomics
  • ECON 170 Contemporary Economics
  • GDS/IPE 211 Introduction to Global Development
  • HON 214 Interrogating Inequality
  • IPE 101 Power and Wealth in Global Affairs: Introduction to International Political Economy
  • IPE 331 International Political Economy of Food and Agriculture
  • PG 101 Introduction to United States Politics
  • PG 102 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PG 103 Introduction to International Relations
  • PG 104 Introduction to Political Theory
  • PHIL 106 Language, Knowledge, and Power
  • PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
  • SOAN 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 230 Indigenous Peoples: Alternative Political Economies
  • SOAN 250 Sociology of Science and Technology
  • SOAN 301 Power and Inequality
  • SOAN 320 Inequality and Crisis in the Neoliberal Era